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Hudson Valley drug sweep results in charges against 43 people

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GOSHEN, New York — A month-long drug sweep in the Hudson Valley has resulted in charges against 43 defendants.

Orange County law-enforcement officials say Operation Frost Bite used undercover buys, vehicle stops and search warrants in an effort to clamp down on drug dealers.

Authorities say police from 11 agencies made the arrests and seized cash, guns and drugs with a street value of more than $330,000. The drugs included more than a kilo of heroin as well as cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs, including hydrocodone.

The sweep included arrests in Port Jervis, Middletown and Newburgh, as well as the towns of Newburgh, Woodbury, New Windsor, Wallkill and Warwick. Twelve of the defendants have prior felony convictions.

District Attorney David Hoovler says Orange County had 76 drug overdoses in 2014, 28 of them fatal.

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