Police: 15 arrested in heroin distribution ring bust

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say 15 people were arrested after a heroin-distribution ring in Massachusetts was broken up by police detectives.

Taunton police say 15 men and woman from six southeastern Massachusetts cities and towns were arrested Tuesday morning on drug-related charges.

Twelve of the 15 are facing federal drugs charges and were arraigned in federal court in Boston.

The arrests result from an investigation that focused on a Taunton man and his mother.

Prosecutors say they have been running a “retail heroin trafficking organization” out of the mother’s apartment.

Agents with the Drug Enforcement Agency executed a search of two apartments and say they found a total of 257 grams of heroin and 3 grams of cocaine.

Six others were arrested.

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