Thirty-four people arrested on drug charges in Dublin
Dublin Police say 34 people have been arrested on drug charges during the last two weeks. The arrests stem from a 3 month investigation beginning in October by Dublin's narcotics unit.
"It's a very big deal for our community to get these arrests, and try to clean up the streets of Dublin," said Cpl. Eric Roland, and eight year veteran of The Dublin Police Department.
Roland says it's the narcotics unit's single biggest bust since it was created around 7 years ago. The operation has nabbed people of all different ages from all over the city, with charges ranging from selling marijuana and cocaine, to possession with intent to distribute.
Nine people have been charged with participation in gang activity, something Gang Suppression Unit Sgt. Heath Criswell is very pleased with.
"It's great, it's something that we've been working for, for several years now, trying to deal with the gangs in Dublin, so it's nice to finally be able to get some arrested," Criswell said. "Gangs and drugs tend to go hand in hand, and the police department and the city of Dublin is committed to enforcing the law, especially with gangs and the drug problem, and we're going to continue to keep doing that."
The arrests began on January 31st, but Roland says they still have unserved warrants on 8 people. He hopes the operation will create momentum, and people in the community will begin to reach out to his unit for help.
"If they have problems in the community with drug dealers, in their area they can feel free to call us, and we'll be able to investigate them, and hopefully clean up their area as well," Roland said.
Roland wouldn't say what methods his unit has been using to arrest the suspects, but he says if they get the chance to do it again, they will.