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I-Team: Operation Save Milton


(WBRE/WYOU-TV) It’s called “Operation Save Milton”. Its mission: to rid the streets of drug dealers.

     A top federal prosecutor says mission accomplished.  We first told you on Eyewitness News at noon about the drug sweep in Central Pennsylvania. 

The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick has our story.

  “We are here today to announce the indictments of 22 individuals on various drug and firearms cases,” Said David Freed, US Attorney for Middle District of PA

 Federal, state and local law enforcement officials came together in Milton Friday to talk reveal “Operation save Milton’.  The undercover operation began in 2016. It slowly and methodically led to indictments from a federal grand jury arrested allegedly sold cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl from homes and apartments in Milton.

  “What we try to do in particular in the federal system with federal law enforcement is to go above the street level dealers to get to the supplier to make sure we are getting the large amounts of drugs and more significant jail time and truly dismantle the organization entirely not just the folks on the street” Said David Freed.

  “That sends a loud message that sends a message to drug dealers that you’re not going to come into a little rural community and set up shop here and run an operation that destroys our local communities.” an army of officers carried out raids over the last several days. Shutting down an operation that supplied drugs to people in Northumberland, Union, and Dauphin Counties’, Said Tony Matulewicz, Northumberland County District Attorney.

  “Milton is a good community there is a lot of good people in Milton and part of this investigation were those people coming forward providing information to us that assisted in making the right contacts,” Said Chief Curt Zettlemoyer, Milton Police Department.

  Investigators say much of the cocaine was shipped via U.S. Mail from Puerto Rico.

     All totaled–the Feds say– those indicted are responsible for selling nearly two million dollars’ worth of drugs in the Milton area.

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