WENY News - "Operation Spring Break" nets 14 alleged drug dealers

"Operation Spring Break" nets 14 alleged drug dealers

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    HORNELL, N.Y. (WENY) -- Steuben County District Attorney, Brooks Baker, along with members of the Hornell police department and other local agencies, announced the arrests of fourteen out of fifteen suspects accused of selling drugs in Hornell. Officials are calling the raids, "Operation Spring Break" which began back in July of last year.

    "We started out with one and it developed into anybody that's out there selling, we tried to target and we used different methods to identify people and then different methods to actually make sales from them," said Hornell City Police Chief, Ted Murray.

    Law enforcement say they targeted individuals who were selling drugs like Heroin, Cocaine, Fentanyl and prescription drugs on a daily basis. Over the course of several months, the investigations involved numerous agencies, both local and state, to help capture the suspected dealers.

    "I would say this is a lot for this area," said Steuben County District Attorney's office Narcotics Investigator, Walter Mackney. "This is, since I've been doing this in Steuben County over the past four years, I believe this is the largest one that we've done."
    
    But for the Hornell Police Department, they're thankful for all the help they've received in cleaning up the streets of Hornell.

    "This is really gratifying to see that six months or so of work just pays off," said Murray. "We're a smaller department, but my officers do a fantastic job out there interviewing people, looking for different drug situations."

    Officials say the investigation is still ongoing and they expect more arrests to be made.

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