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Albany Co. police make major heroin bust
ALBANY -- Deputies busted a large heroin operation Wednesday afternoon that used taxis to ferry drugs through Albany County.
Sheriff Craig Apple said more than 20 people brought up $25,000 worth of heroin a week and sold it to teens and young adults.
"I stand here firmly believing we heavily dented the heroin drug trafficking in the capital region we have buys, we have surveillance into individuals," said Apple.
Deputies seized $160,000 worth of heroin, enough to fill 16,000 baggies, from a home in Colonie along Central Ave. and another in Coeymans on River Rd.
The four-month investigation was called "Operation Taxi Ride" because Apple said they would use taxi drivers who were addicted to heroin to move drugs to parking lots.
"Basically the drug fiends would line up at taxis like kids would line up for ice cream. They would line up and sell out of the cab," said Apple.
Seven people were taken into custody Wednesday and other arrests are pending. Apple believes most of the drugs came from New York City or Canada.
"This investigation may have gone a little further. We may have had an opportunity to get somebody else, but where do you draw the line when you've got people overdosing and you're reading the paper in obituaries suddenly lost their lives? This is taking a lot of lives out of the Capital District."