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NY, NJ, two other Northeastern states band together against heroin

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Four Northeastern states have agreed to collaborate in investigations of heroin trafficking that often cross state lines.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane say Wednesday their coalition also includes New Jersey and Massachusetts, and other states are expected to join.

Schneiderman says most of the large-scale heroin trafficking prosecuted by his office has involved drugs moving among the four states, and traffickers have been able to “outmaneuver” authorities by crossing jurisdictions.

New York task force members have agreed to share information, including the identification of traffickers and stash houses gathered from wiretaps and informants.

Also Wednesday, the acting director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy will be in Maine for a town hall discussion on opioid abuse.

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