UPDATE (6 P.M., DEC. 5): Port Chester Police said today they have arrested two more people on drug sales and possession charges as a result of "Operation Clean Sweep" ... targeting narcotics sales on the streets of Port Chester.
Port Chester village officials and residents quickly expressed their support on Friday as police announced that a dozen people had been arrested in an 18-month-long investigation of drug dealing on the streets of Port Chester.
"The people of Port Chester should view this announcement as a prime indicator of the professionalism, dedication and on-going accomplishments of our Police Department,"said Port Chester village Board of Trustees member Bart Didden. "Identifying and then removing these vermin off our streets and out of our neighborhoods must be job one and I believe that our Department is not only up to the challenge, but are doing the job and these latest arrests prove just that."
The effort between the Port Chester Police Department's Detective Bureau and the Narcotics Unit of the Westchester County Department of Public Safety was dubbed "Operation Clean Sweep" and led to 12 arrests over the past few days of on drug sale and possession charges. Among those arrested were seven Port Chester residents, a homeless man from Port Chester, a Yonkers man, a Mount Vernon man and two Connecticut residents ranging in age from 20 to 57.
Port Chester Police say more arrests are expected in the investigation.
"This is great work and I especially like the part where you expect more arrests to be made," Didden said in a message to Port Chester Police Chief Joseph Krzeminski. "Please express my thoughts of thanks and recognition to all the members of our department."