UPDATE: More than $2 million worth of heroin seized in Manchester drug bust
MANCHESTER - In one of the largest drug busts in the Queen City’s history, police seized about 22 kilograms of heroin at a street value of $2,200,000.
The officers uncovered, heroin, fentanyl, needles, and other drug paraphernalia.
Officials said some items had been taken after police and SWAT were called to a home for an apparent break-in and shooting.
A woman from Manchester’s west side was shot in the hand on June 22.
After further investigation of her home, Jeannette Hardy was pinpointed by police as a mid-level drug dealer in the city who had connections to two more individuals - Luis Nieves and Jose Casellas - also involved in the drug operation.
“It is of epidemic proportions," Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard said. "All you hear of in the media - is not over blown. We need help, and this is the result of our enforcement - but now we need help on the other side."
The chief said he was proud of the cross-department involvement in this bust, but it only made a small dent.
He also said a drug court would help law enforcement crack down.
“We tried to establish a drug court from Hillsborough County," he said. "The delegation voted it down. Shockingly, there were Manchester reps in there, knowing what we’re facing in the city of Manchester and voted no, against it."
Willard said there have been 44 overdoses since Jan. 1, including another fatal overdose on Sunday night.