ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A coalition of local, state and federal agencies have wrapped up what they’re calling Phase One of a massive crackdown on heroin traffickers.
Dozens of dealers in counties on both sides of the Mississippi River were rounded up in the week-long operation, according to Jim Shroba, Assistant Special-Agent-in-Charge for DEA-St. Louis.
“This won’t solve the heroin trade,” Shroba tells KMOX News, “but it sends a clear message, we feel, to the heroin traffickers for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, they should get the message that this is a collaborate effort between all law enforcement agencies, that we’re putting our resources together to go after the problem.”
Arrests were made in St. Louis City and County, as well as St. Charles, Lincoln, Jefferson and Franklin Counties in Missouri, and Madison and St. Clair Counties in Illinois.
It was the culmination of months of undercover work, with agents arranging buys and collecting evidence against the suspected dealers.
Agent Shroba says no community, whether rich or poor, was left untouched by this operation.
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