Yonkers Police Net 14 Suspects After Undercover Drug Operation

December 06, 2018 - 6:05 pm

YONKERS, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Yonkers Police teamed up with the Westchester District Attorney’s office for a major drug take down.

The 10-month investigation, dubbed “Operation Clean Slate,” netted 14 arrests of suspected street drug dealers in Yonkers, according to police.

Authorities went undercover to buy the drugs over a hundred times, collecting opioid pills, heroin, crack and powder cocaine.

Police Commissioner Charles Gardner told reports that the 14 suspects well also well-known to authorities.

Operation Clean Slate
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Gardner said the suspects had a “total of 393 prior arrests, including robbery, burglary and weapons related charges.”

Investigators said they targeted 22 suspects and seven now remain at large, though one is believed by police to be dead.

Mayor Mike Spano addressed the arrests Thursday, saying the opioid crisis is not just something the people of Yonkers hear about.

“It's something we know about, it’s something that we experience each and every day because we see in our own families, we see it in our own communities and we know the people personally,” Spano said.

Each of the arrested dealers have been charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

If convicted, they will face up to 25 years in state prison.