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Drug sweep arrests add up

October 12, 2000

Drug sweep arrests add up



By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer


Local authorities are continuing to hit the streets with arrest warrants and indictments in hand for street-level drug dealers working in and around public housing in Hagerstown.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Joe Michael Tuesday announced the results of a four-month multi-agency investigation during a press conference.

Final figures show 61 arrests were made in the effort by Hagerstown City Police Street Crimes Unit, Washington County Narcotics Task Force and Deaprtment of Housing and Urban Development agents, said Sgt. Rick Johnson, director of the Washington County Narcotics Task Force.

The investigation included numerous drug busts and some people were arrested more than once, sometimes months apart, during the course of the investigation, said Johnson.

Police have about 10 warrants and indictments left to serve, he said.

"We just have to find them," said Johnson of the suspects.

Hagerstown City Police Chief Arthur Smith said he wants the effort to send a message to drug dealers that illegal activity won't be tolerated in Hagerstown and they should peddle their wares elsewhere.

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"We want to scare them," he said.

Smith said at least two people picked up during the investigation have prior felony drug convictions.

Additional joint investigations with HUD are being planned since this one has been so productive, said Johnson.

"Everyone worked together as a unit," he said.

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