In addition to having their money, guns and drugs seized, more than 600 street-level New Englanders have been arrested following a two-week operation (and subsequent raid) carried out by the local DEA in response to a number of overdoses in the area.

The DEA presented a news release that states that they made 645 arrests, and also seized 51 firearms and roughly $1.2 million cash. 

As for the quantity of drugs confiscated, that includes: 17.9 kilograms of fentanyl, 7,800 illicit fentanyl pills, 13.9 kilograms of cocaine, 3.1 kilograms of heroin, 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine, and 38.1 kilograms of marijuana. 

“DEA’s top priority is to aggressively pursue anyone who distributes these deadly drugs,” said agent Brian Boyle. “Those arrested need to be held accountable for their actions because they have chosen to distribute this poison and profit from the misery they spread.”

Officials claim that the New England area is a location with significant drug cartel activity. They also contended that a major local worry was fentanyl, though they also cited meth becoming a growing threat.

The operation was aided by law enforcement departments at the local, state, and federal level. While the press release is stating that the operation was a success, officials have also conceded that most of the people now facing charges will be replaced in about a week.