At least 30 officers took 13 suspected drug dealers into custody. Several law enforcement agencies worked together for five months to make the bust. They say it sends a strong message to criminals- drugs will not be tolerated in Livingston County.
"Some of these cases are separate, some of these people are associated and run in the same circles," Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty said.
The men and women are accused of selling crack cocaine, pills and marijuana. The Livingston County Drug Task Force caught them using controlled buys. Since it was created in 2012, the task force has made hundreds of arrests.
"We've said all along that we're going to do the best we can to get the streets cleaner and a lot of our property crime and violent crime is the root of drugs. So if we can decrease that it will be good for everybody in our community," Dougherty said.
It is a joint effort between several local law enforcement agencies.
"Just to emphasize how important it is that our municipalities, our mayors and our boards have allowed us to take our resources and share it with them and go back and forth with it is what has made this so successful," Mt. Morris Police Chief Ken Mignemi said.
A tough District Attorney follows up after the police work is done, making sure convicted criminal get maximum sentences.
"We will be seeking state prison sentences on any federal drug level cases," Livingston County DA Greg McCaffery said.
Deputies are still looking for one more person, wanted on drug charges.
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