Eleven arrested, largest seizure in country of substance deadlier than fentanyl

NEW YORK – Three White Plains men are among 11 drug traffickers arrested in what federal authorities are calling a complex drug-dealing operation that transported truck-loads of illicit narcotics across the country.

The shipments included the drug carfentanil, a substance 100 times more deadly than fentanyl, according to the US Justice Department.

Those Westchester residents arrested are Giovanny Arias, 49, Hector Maren, 46, and Victor Salazar, 59. Other defendants included residents of Queens, Stamford, Connecticut, Milford, Massachusetts and Naples, Florida.

Law enforcement says that the investigation that carried on for more than two years, netted six firearms, 68 pounds of cocaine, 50 pounds of fentanyl, 11 pounds of carfentanil, eight pounds of heroin, and other quantities of Ketamine and Tramadol.

Using court-authorized wiretaps, surveillance and other investigative tools, police gained valuable insight into the organization, how drugs were being transported by long-haul truckers locally and across the country along with the various designated drop locations.

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