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Rhode Island State Police Arrest 14 in Heroin Drug Bust

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Rhode Island State Police announced Friday the arrest of 14 individuals for heroin possession and distribution as part of a large undercover drug sting.

"The significance of today's arrest will hopefully be noticed in the months to come," said Col. Steven O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.

Officials state they have removed hundreds of grams of heroin from circulation but admit that is only part of the fight against drug abuse.

“We're not going to arrest our way out of a heroin problem but it is another piece,” said O'Donnell. “We know that there are seven drug dealers in jail and they can't sell drugs for a period of time. The other seven on bail will hopefully have this intervention stop them from selling."

A majority of the heroin seized tested positive for Fentanyl— a synthetic drug 100 times more potent than just heroin. Police attribute this to numerous heroin overdoses that have been plaguing the state.

"Heroin is a dangerous drug in and of itself and mixing it with Fentanyl is a recipe for disaster,” said O'Donnell. “We try to reduce the death rate. We are only one piece of this puzzle but it's a very important piece."

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