Steuben County DA announces slew of drug arrests
BATH, N.Y. (WENY) - Law enforcement and the District Attorney's office have announced the arrest of 10 people on drug-related charges in Steuben County.
The announcement comes after a press conference that was held on Thursday afternoon. More than 50 law enforcement officers from 5 police agencies and Child Protective Service workers from Steuben County began the final phase of "Operation Safe Summer." Officers began the investigation back in February and currently have 10 people in custody. Officers say they are currently seeking 9 others who are in conjunction with indictments.
"This cooperative multi agency investigation led to 26 seal indictments being handed-up against 19 individuals for drug trafficking, narcotics, methamphetamine and other controlled substances in the Village of Bath, the Town of Bath and the surrounding communities," said Brooks Baker, Steuben county District Attorney.
Law officials say, many of the individuals who are in custody are not from Steuben County, they're from Rochester and have Rochester addresses. However, they're still trafficking drugs here.
"The last couple of weeks we made some major seizures on vehicle stops, on our investigators being out there, pounding the pavement , getting these sealed indictments, the team effort is unbelievable. Two weeks ago, three weeks ago, we had a car stop with 53 bags of crack. Last week it was 93 bags of crack, another one was 64 bags of crack. We're out there hammering it, either our investigators are out there, trying to get buys into them. Our road patrols out there actively looking at drug houses and stopping and doing what we can to get these drugs off the street of our village and our county," said Chief Chad Mullen of Bath Village Police.
The 10 individuals are being held in Steuben County jail with no bail and will be held and arraigned in Steuben County court this week.
The investigation is continues.