Published: April 29, 2011 9:50 AM EST
Updated: April 29, 2011 9:51 AM EST Police: Suspected street-level drug dealers rounded up in Erie
By TIM HAHN, Erie Times-News email@example.com
County detectives and city police are rounding up accused street-level drug dealers in a sweep launched Thursday afternoon.
Officers have apprehended 23 of 29 people wanted on arrest warrants for drug-related charges and are continuing their search for the remaining suspects this morning.
Erie police and state liquor enforcement officers also conducted an inspection of Sophia's Tavern, 514 Cherry St., on Thursday night as part of the sweep. They apprehended one person accused of possessing drugs and two other people who were wanted on warrants, Erie police Lt. Kirk Werner said.
The sweep is the culmination of an investigation, started in fall, targeting street-level drug activity, investigators said. Officers who worked the detail concentrated on the 500 block of Cherry Street and the 900 and 1100 blocks of Parade Street, Werner said.
The sweep was designed to address citizen complaints about drug and other crime activity in the city, said Erie police Lt. Les Fetterman, whose S.W.A.T. team members are participating in the sweep.
Also involved are Erie County detectives, Erie police vice and drug detectives, city patrol officers and members of the bureau's Neighborhood Action Team and saturation units.
The enforcement is being funded through an Erie Weed and Seed grant.
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