On Monday, Delaware State Police and the FBI announced a two-year, multi-jurisdictional investigation that led to the arrest of more than two dozen people connected with a significant drug organization operating in Deleware, reported local news station WDEL.
Delaware State Police said the crackdown on the criminal gang resulted in the "largest seizure of fentanyl in state history."
A total of 28 people were arrested and are now charged with 252 felonies, including criminal racketeering, conspiracy, and drug dealing.
Lt. Robert Jones of the Delaware State Police, who spoke at the news conference at Troop 2 station in Newark, said law enforcement seized seven-and-half kilograms of fentanyl. He said, given the potency of the drug, "it was enough fentanyl to kill 750,000 Delawareans."
Delaware State Police Superintendent Colonel Melissa Zebley said it would be "hard to measure the full gravity this criminal organization could have had in our state."
Representatives from other police agencies, including the FBI Baltimore Field Office, and the Delaware Attorney General Kathleen Jennings, also attended the press conference on Monday.
Jennifer Boone, special agent in charge of the FBI's Baltimore Field Office, said:
"Included in these results was the largest fentanyl seizure by Delaware law enforcement in the state's history, making a major dent in the supply of fentanyl that would have been distributed on the streets of Newark and surrounding areas," said Boone. "Alone, the quantity of fentanyl seized could have killed thousands and thousands of people."
Law enforcement officers also seized a quarter-million dollars in cash, 20 firearms, millions of dollars worth of cocaine, heroin, crack, and marijuana, and five vehicles during the July raids of seven houses in Delaware and Philadelphia.
Readers may recall, the Trump administration recently announced a large meth bust that had operations spanning across the entire US.
President Trump continues to hold his promise to the American people in his campaign against illegal drugs that continue to flow from foreign countries onto the streets of US communities.