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A major drug bust in Orange County lands several people behind bars. Time Warner Cable News reporter Meredith Zaritheny has more.

ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. -- More than 20 people were arrested and indicted in connection with a countywide narcotics sweep.

Twenty-three people in all were charged with trafficking heroin, cocaine, oxycodone and weapons.

The sweep encompasses the county's three major cities Middletown, Newburgh and Port Jervis and also includes the Town of Newburgh.

During a press conference Friday afternoon District Attorney David Hoovler, along with state and local police, announced what they've accomplished so far as part of a new crime fighting initiative.

The charges include selling cocaine and heroin within 1,000 feet of two schools in Newburgh.

Three of those arrests come from selling weapons in idling illegal handguns and ammunition to undercover officers in Newburgh.

DA Hoovler says the arrests will have a significant impact on crime in the county.

"We wanted to start the year off with a statement to law enforcement and to the residents of Orange County, that narcotics and illegal gun trafficking is going to be a priority particularly in the three cities," said David Hoovler, Orange County District Attorney.

The DA wouldn't talk specifics about this investigation because it is on-going, saying it would compromise future investigations. However, he says more arrests are expected.

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