Twenty-nine people have been arrested for drug-related crimes after a four-month joint operation by Trinidad and Raton, N.M. police.
During the sting, the Trinidad Police Department says officers purchased drugs such as heroin and cocaine, and two firearms from various individuals. Through the operation, 40 suspects were identified.
Eleven people, including two living in Raton, remain at large.
The police departments said the two towns are so close together that the departments deal with many of the same people.
"We will continue to work together to keep both cities safe," Raton Police Chief Terry Sisneros said.
“This operation was successful due to the hard work of the detectives and officers involved. Drugs are in every community and our department will continue to make drug enforcement a priority,” Trinidad Police Chief Charles Glorioso said in a statement.
“I would like to thank Chief Terry Sisneros from the Raton Police Department for their assistance. Having both communities working together and pooling our resources makes operations like this easier.”
The police department says this is only the latest drug operation to yield multiple arrests; operations in 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2012 were also successful.
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