35 people charged in Chicago-area drug trafficking cases

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CHICAGO — Nearly three dozen people are facing federal or state charges in connection with heroin and fentanyl trafficking in Chicago.

Federal prosecutors in Chicago announced the charges Tuesday. They say 22 people face federal drug offenses and 13 others face state complaints. Many were arrested last week. The defendants are from the Chicago area and Indiana. Prosecutors say in some cases drivers were dispatched to deliver drugs in the Chicago area after customers placed orders on a telephone hotline.

Officials say federal, state and local law enforcement agencies were involved in the investigation, dubbed “Operation Road Rage.” Authorities say during the multi-year investigation law enforcement seized a kilogram of fentanyl-laced heroin, about $100,000 in cash, five firearms and four vehicles.

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