NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — Authorities say they’ve busted up a major fentanyl dealing operation in central Connecticut.

Officials arrested nine people Thursday as part of an investigation that began in December and involved several federal, local and state law enforcement agencies. Connecticut U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly and other officials were set to make a formal announcement later Thursday in New Britain.

Authorities charged Kyle Petersen of New Britain, Jared McBriarty of Bristol and John Casadei of Morris with conspiring to distribute more than 400 grams of fentanyl, a synthetic form of morphine linked to drug overdoses nationwide.

The six other people are accused of being involved in sales of fentanyl and other controlled substances. The nine people are detained. It wasn’t immediately clear if they have lawyers who could respond to the allegations.

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