Authorities bust drug ring in North Country

MASSENA (AP) – State and federal authorities say they’ve taken down a major drug-trafficking organization in northern New York.

Local media report that a long investigation ended Thursday with the arrest of 12 people who will face federal drug-trafficking charges. They’re scheduled to appear in federal court in Plattsburgh today.

Three of the suspected dealers live in New York City and allegedly brought cocaine and heroin from downstate to Massena, a city on the Canadian border where the street value for the drugs is much higher.

Department of Homeland Security officials say the ring also was engaged in a turf war that created a culture of threats, intimidation and violence.

Massena police say they asked for help from state and federal officials, and they expanded the investigation to include Canadian and tribal officials.