- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Twenty-nine people have been charged with federal crimes related to the distribution of heroin and crack cocaine in Hartford.

Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that the charges came in an investigation into drug and weapon trafficking and acts of violence by the Los Solidos gang in the city’s South End.

Authorities say they seized 24 firearms, about $74,000 in cash, four pounds of crack cocaine, four pounds of powder cocaine, two pounds of heroin, 7,000 bags of packaged heroin, 10 pounds of marijuana and four vehicles.

A grand jury returned indictments in the case last week. Most of the defendants were arrested Monday, while two remain at large.

The charges were announced by the FBI, U.S. attorney’s office and Hartford police.

Investigators hope continuing investigations will break gang strongholds in Hartford.

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