ALBANY, New York (WABC) --Authorities in New York state have made a record drug bust, seizing 33 kilograms of heroin and two kilograms of fentanyl.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and New York State Police on Friday announced the indictment of 25 individuals for their roles in the alleged national heroin smuggling ring.
The investigation, dubbed "Operation Dirty Dope," seized drugs with a total street value of more than $13 million.
The operation -- which began in April 2015 and netted alleged dealers and traffickers in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and New Jersey -- is one of the largest heroin seizures ever in New York and is the single largest single seizure in the 46-year history of the state's Organized Crime Task Force.
"Operation Dirty Dope is another step in our multi-faceted effort to curb the heroin crisis that is destroying our communities," Schneiderman said. "Our message to dealers and traffickers is simple: we will not tolerate anyone smuggling death into our state."