14 people facing federal charges in connection to drug trafficking in Racine

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RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Fourteen people are facing federal charges in connection with a major drug trafficking operation in Racine. 

Federal, state and local law enforcement officers arrested ten of the people involved in the operation involving large amounts of drugs and guns. 

The trafficking includes more than 200 grams of heroin, more than 50 grams of fentanyl, and more than 100 grams of crack cocaine. 

Officers also seized seven firearms including shotguns and handguns, and $8,000 in cash. 

U.S. Attorney Matt Krueger said the nation is dealing with twin epidemics of drug addiction and firearm violence. 

"The chief threat that we continue to face in the opioid epidemic is from Fentanyl. Fentanyl is a highly potent, synthetic opioid that’s manufactured in laboratories typically by Mexican cartels and then brought into the United States mixed and sold on the street,” U.S. Attorney Krueger said.

Each defendant faces a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum of 40 years in prison. 


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