Authorities crack down on Milwaukee drug ring

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) - Authorities in Milwaukee have cracked down on an alleged drug-trafficking ring.

Law officers executed arrest and search warrants Tuesday at multiple locations in Milwaukee. The operation coincided with the unsealing of an indictment charging 15 defendants with conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine.

Certain defendants also were charged with possessing firearms to further a conspiracy, unlawful possession of firearms by a felon, and conspiracy to commit robberies of others who possessed drugs.

Federal, state and local law officers were involved in the crackdown.
Authorities say the operation is the culmination of a multi-year investigation that has netted significant amounts of heroin and cocaine, and at least 15 firearms.

Prosecutors say the conspiracy was connected to multiple shootings in the Milwaukee area.