Massive drug bust in York

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More than 60 people have been taken into custody and police are looking for more than 30 more people involved in a massive drug ring in York.  Overall, more than 80 people have been or will be charged as part of Operation Sunrise. The drug 18- month drug sting includes two phases: the first is the 18- month investigation focusing on identifying targets, gathering intelligence and making controlled purchases of heroin and cocaine.  Investigators also looked into how gang activity played a role in these activities. Police say suspects have affiliations with three street gangs including the Latin Kings, Bloods and Crips.

Phase 2 began Wednesday February 6, 2013. Police, swat teams, and even helicopters scoured city blocks arresting more than 60 people, with more than 30 still at large. They are charging more than 80 people in the alleged drug ring. “We do have people and connections here to other counties, and we’re following those up as well. What will we do in the future or what will we do to ensure these people don’t continue? Hopefully they’re going to get long prison sentences out of this, and they’re not going to be in this community for a while,” said Pennsylvania State Police Captain Steve Junkin.

At a press conference on Thursday York County District Attorney Tom Kearney said this is one of the largest busts in the area. “In my ten years as District Attorney this is the largest investigation sweep that we’ve had. I’m told it’s not the largest but it’s one of the largest. We got all levels of dealers. Both from the 15 to 20 dollar street corner guy to the fellow who is importing,” said DA Tom Kearney. “I want to stress that we got raw heroin, un-packaged heroin. That’s indicative of importing to us.”

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Investigators hope this cleans up the streets. “I suspect that there are a lot of people showing up in the emergency room today being sick, looking for their fix,” said Kearney.

“That’s the purpose of this thing. To try and help the regular citizens so they don’t have to look out their windows, have their kids covered all the time because of bullets,” said Junkin.

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  • HowIgnorantRU?

    David, one more question. Are you for the Ravens or the …oh, I mean the Kings, Bloods or Crips? Which you like, buddy?

  • TheTruthHurts

    Never mind….I see who David is. However this is the 3rd time I'm attempting to leave a comment, and they all keep getting deleted by the administrator. Guess what I said about David wasn't liked?!?!

  • dontworryboutit

    i think david is a realist i mean look the effin facts the government can sell alcohol and collect tax money and what is alcohol a drug and just because these guys sell heroin which noone has ever died off of a withdrawl from vs alcohol there are many people who died off of acohol with drawl so whats the difference i think the gov is very hipacritical I mean i dnt agree with it but wtf man a drug is a drug so why is one better than the other and one legal and one not huh why is that makes absolutly no sense at all and its not like any one of those guys made any one use heroin it was a personal decision made by each and every one of the people that wanted it so why are they put on trial for real is it cause they didn't pay taxes or because Tom kerney wants reelected this coming election ??????

    • HowIgnorantRU?

      Wish people would get off the government conspiracy soapbox.
      In the USA, our society generally does not accept the use of certain drugs like heroin for so many reasons. I'm sure there is a country overseas that accepts heroin use. Please go there if that is desirable to you. I'm sure their governments will suit your needs. Ours typically moves toward the will of the people which is what the founders intended. There are many more people than in 1776 and a much wider variety of beliefs, so the mess and gridlock we see will continue but don't hold your breath that heroin will be legally tolerated in our lifetimes.

  • DidYouAttendSchool

    Just from reading your comment we can tell how uneducated you are based on your wonderful grammar and lack of punctuation! So, basically your comment should have been deleted by the administrator!

    Go back to school

  • HowIgnorantRU?

    Note to people whose messages get deleted when submitted:
    Certain words are flagged. Try changing or avoiding some words.

  • HowIgnorantRU?

    Firefox does not like the files to enlarge the images, so I guess I am not going to be able to see if I know anyone that is wanted. That sucks. I feel like a bounty hunter today.

    • Johnny

      “I hope this cleans up the streets”

      Are the police that ignorant? All they did is temporarily slow the supply. The demand is still there and more suppliers are already moving in to take up the slack. Until “operation sunset” happens in 18 months. Lol

  • Sandy

    There was another massive drug bust also in the last week in New York for coke.
    The battle with drugs is difficult but the good guys are winning!!

  • resoltji

    Reading the comments above, certainly demonstrates the two sides of this discussion. It is true that government needs to stay out of our lives, while at the same time, their assistance would be nice in, let's say…getting effective affordable drug rehabs in the prisons and in the bigger cities. I believe that is how we can win the war on drugs. Simply lessening the supply will not do it; but decreasing the demand would push us forward in the fight. It doesn't matter whether the drug is a 'good' drug or a 'bad' drug. If a person feels addicted to something, there should be good care available and affordable.

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