- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Westchester County officials have disclosed a yearlong campaign that has resulted in the arrests of more than 125 people on narcotics charges.

The announcement says the 20 latest arrests came Tuesday morning.

At least 15 of the defendants face federal charges, including some that carry penalties of up to life in prison. The federal indictments were unsealed later Tuesday in White Plains.

Officials said a task force comprising local police, county police and the FBI was formed in early 2014 after a surge in heroin use and overdose deaths in northern Westchester.

County Executive Rob Astorino calls the battle against heroin use “a fight for the lives of our children.”

Officials said street-level dealers and their suppliers were targeted.

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