Authorities say six dozen people face charges for allegedly operating drug distribution rings in central New York.

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Investigators say one of the operations is believed to have transported heroin, cocaine and other drugs between New York City and Syracuse.

The other operation is suspected of selling cocaine in the Syracuse area and in neighboring Oswego County.

State officials say 72 people have been named in four separate indictments containing a total of 227 charges.

Authorities say over the course of the 11-month investigation, police seized heroin, cocaine and oxycodone. They also confiscated hand guns, rifles and $40,000 in cash.

Most of those charged are from Syracuse or nearby communities. Syracuse police, New York State Police and the state Attorney General's Office worked with several other agencies on the investigation.

State officials last week announced 25 people had been arrested in connection with a similar investigation in western New York.

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