Violent Crime Crackdown


(WBRE/WYOU-TV) The numbers are in.  Dozens of arrests of illegal drugs seized and weapons confiscated. The result of a two-month-long crackdown on violent crime in the city of Wilkes-Barre.  The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick has our story.

  “If people will get involved and get involved with the whole community we could stop it together,” Said Phyliss Monda.  Monda has a reputation for keeping an eye out for crime in her Wilkes-Barre neighborhood. Because – as she says – the police can’t do it alone.

  “Everybody has to look out call your neighbor. Go next door don’t be afraid,” Monda told us.

  . Federal, state and local police raiding homes. Scenes like this were repeated time and time again for the last two months.  Police working on leads connected to violent crimes all in the wake of a series of shootings in late February.

   “They know that we are out there and we are being pro-active,” Said Chief Joe Coffay.

 Chief Coffay says the numbers tell the story

 59 arrests 654 grams of illegal drugs confiscated $50,000 in cash seized   

 “You never know what you’re going to run into when you are doing these types of investigation. The element of people who are coming into the area and being involved in that type of crime we have to handle that aggressively and have a pro-active approach,” Added Chief Coffay.

 And that, adds Phyllis, means the people who want safer streets need to step up too.

  “If more people come out, and more people get involved, the more that will help get things accomplished,” Added Monda.

Coffay insists they are not going away and says the partnership with federal and state agencies is ongoing.

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