BOSTON (AP) — State and federal law enforcement authorities say they have seized more than 77 pounds (35 kilograms) of illegal drugs in the Boston area as the result of a wiretap investigation.

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley says the seizure announced Thursday included more than 30 pounds (13.6 kilograms) of fentanyl.

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Drugs seized in ‘Operation High Hopes’ (WBZ-TV)

He says the investigation, dubbed operation High Hopes, led to more than a dozen arrests and resulted in the dismantling of drug-trafficking organizations.

He noted the state fentanyl trafficking statute covers quantities greater than 10 grams, less than 1/1000th of the total seized. He said the seized fentanyl represents millions of doses.

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Suspects arrested in ‘Operation High Hopes’ (WBZ-TV)

Police say they also seized large amounts of heroin, cocaine and opiate tablets, which are believed to have originated from the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico.

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