'Operation Exile' Arrests of Heroin Dealers Rises to 80

Updated: 04/18/2014 3:01 PM
Created: 04/18/2014 2:30 PM
By: Megan Stewart

The number of arrests of alleged heroin drug dealers stemming from a sting that began on Thursday has risen.

As of Friday morning, authorities said they have busted 80 suspected heroin dealers in the Twin Cities as part of "Operation Exile." A total of 2.625 kilograms of heroin and eight guns have been seized, according to Taylor Wilfred of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Two people that have been arrested are Christian Lescas-Aragon and Samuel Salazar-Sosa. Both were accused of conspiracy to distribute heroin for incidents between March 25 and March 28. Lescas-Aragon has also been accused of possession with intent to distribute and Salazar-Sosa has also been accused of attempted possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Both face federal charges.

"Operation Exile" is an ongoing investigation, Wilfred said. More arrests could be coming.

The operation involves multiple agencies on the state, local, and federal level, involving agents from the FBI, DEA, ATF, ICE, U.S. Marshals, Bureau of Criminal of Apprehension as well as a number of local, state and federal law enforcement from Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, St. Louis, Olmsted and Washington Counties.

Also on Thursday, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office held an emergency meeting to address the growing concern of heroin in the community.

Christian Lescas-Aragon (left) and Samuel Salazar-Sosa (right)
Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

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