(ABC 6 News) -- With heroin overdoses on the rise in Minnesota, law enforcement officials announced Thursday they’ve taken a major step to end the flow of drugs, and end the rising death toll.
It was called "Operation Exile," a sweeping drug bust targeting major heroin traffickers in Minnesota.
"Today we have made it clear to those who want to sell heroin, this deadly powder in Minnesota, that we will stop them,” said Andrew Luger, U.S. Attorney for Minnesota. “Make no mistake about it, heroin is deadly, and we will not tolerate it in Minnesota."
In an operation that spanned seven counties, officials arrested 65 people and seized around 2.5 kilograms of heroin.
They also seized seven firearms and $250,000 in cash that they say came directly from heroin sales.
Of the those 65 arrested, two are from Rochester.