Lawrence Drug Sweeps Take $1M In Heroin Off Streets

Police say series of drug sweeps in Lawrence and surrounding communities this summer has resulted in about 250 arrests and the seizure of more than $1 million worth of heroin and a dozen illegal firearms.

"Operation Cold Turkey," which also netted about $1 million in cash, involved Lawrence, Methuen and Andover drug detectives, with help from state and federal authorities.

Lawrence Police Capt. Roy Vasque, who leads the department's Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit, tells The Eagle-Tribune that the majority of those arrested during the 2-month sweep were young people battling addiction.

But police say they also took major drug traffickers off the streets. Many of those arrested came from out of state to purchase drugs in the city.


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