Federal agents arrest 9 in heroin trafficking sweep in Hudson Valley; 2nd phase of crackdown


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MIDDLETOWN, New York — Nine suspects have been arrested in the second phase of a federal sweep targeting heroin trafficking in the Hudson Valley.

Authorities say all nine suspects in custody have Middletown addresses, but the arrests stretched as far as York, Pennsylvania.

All the arrests occurred about 6 a.m. Tuesday when a SWAT team was deployed. One suspect is still being sought.

The suspects face federal charges of conspiracy to distribute heroin. If convicted, they could face federal prison terms between 10 and 20 years.

In the first phase of the sweep last November, authorities arrested 12 men and two women. They were accused of running a large-scale, Middletown-based trafficking operation dating back to at least 2007.

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