13 Arrested in Drug Bust Sweep
By Caitlin Davis
Jun 15, 2012, 15:55
An early morning drug sweep netted 13 arrests this morning. | photos courtesy of Hopewell Police Department
HOPEWELL - “Operation Curve Ball” was under way in the city this morning. The Hopewell Police Department’s Crime Suppression Unit in partnership with the Virginia State Police Central Regional Narcotics Task Force, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the United States Marshals Service were working together to take drug dealers off the streets.
Chief John Keohane said in early morning part of the operation there were 13 drug dealers arrested out of the 27 wanted individuals.
“That will grow hopefully by the end of the day,” Keohane said.
Keohane is proud of the work of the operation. He said when drug dealers are taken off the streets, the number of violent crimes tends to decrease as well.
“I believe drug dealing and drugs connects to the amount of violent crime that happens in the city,” Keohane said.
Out of the 27 individuals, five are carrying a drug and firearms charge.
“When you get drug dealers off the streets, you get guns off the streets,” Keohane said.
In a statement from the police department, the six-month undercover operation focused on street level drug distributors. It brought forward 60 indictments on 27 individuals.
“Hopefully, with this operation there will be less people coming to Hopewell purchasing drugs,” Keohane said.
Keohane wants this operation to improve the quality of life in the city. He said there is a correlation between drugs and the quality of life.
“This raises the quality of life for the citizens of the city,” Keohane said.
In the statement, Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Newman also praised the police department for their work in this operation.
“I am very pleased with the continued partnership with the Hopewell Police Department in targeting and eradicating these drug dealers from our streets. This is another example of the great work Chief Keohane and his Crime Suppression Unit are doing to clean up crime in our city.”
This is the second drug undercover operation in the city. “Operation Autumn Harvest” in October of 2011 resulted in 21 subjects, for a total of 57 indictments.
Any person(s) who have information on wanted persons or any crime occurring in the city, they can contact the Hopewell/Prince George Crime Solvers at 541-2202.