Philadelphia Police Roundup Drug Suspects

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Philadelphia officials say they hope arrests made Wednesday will make a major dent in the local drug trade.

The element of surprise works best, officials say. Suspects were caught barefoot or in the middle of a smoke. In total, 18 people were picked up from residences across Philadelphia.

"Eighteen people in a month and a half," said Sistrunk. "That tells you definitely we are fighting against the drug levels. Hopefully from here we will go up the ladder to get to your more prominent drug dealers who are providing your lower level with the large amounts."

The chief says this has taken a month and a half because that is how long it has taken to get the the point of a mass pick-up. As is common in drug investigations, the police department used undercover officers and informants to build as many cases as possible.

"They are buying everything from pills, marijuana, crack, meth," said Sistrunk. "And once they make the buys and they get done with the investigation, they issue the warrants for the different people. Then we go out in the field and try to locate them and bring them in."

The chief said the goal is to make the people buying and selling the drugs to either think twice or push them out of town. He says the stakes are simply too high.

"Of course, drugs affect everything from your children to your adult level. And the more drugs you can take off the street and the money you can take out of their pockets, the damage we can do to them," said Sistrunk. "That will let them know we are serious about coming after you, if you are going to do drugs. And we want to get you in the jail house."

Sistrunk says these cases should be presented to the September grand Jury. But he adds that new investigations have already started, and there's no telling when the early morning knock could come to someone else's door.

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  • by Philly Resident Location: Philadelphia on Jul 19, 2010 at 05:29 AM
    If you guys would keep an eye on the upper end of the Wal-mart parking lot, you could probably get a few more. My husband and I see it just about everytime we go through there.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Meridian on Jul 17, 2010 at 04:50 PM
    This is GREAT news. 2-thumbs-up to the Philadelphia Police Department! I've been hearing a lot of high-profile national news commentators endorse LEGALIZING nearly ALL drugs. Their rational? Tax revenues and government control. I have been bitterly disappointed in their attitudes--and can't help but wonder exactly how much the death-toll (both participants and innocents) will rise if this comes to fruition. These are frightening days, for sure.
  • by Anonymous Location: phila ms on Jul 16, 2010 at 09:04 AM
    great job!!!! keep this poison away from our children
  • by Anonymous on Jul 15, 2010 at 09:19 PM
    yeah man great job. snootch!
  • by Citizen Location: Philadelphia on Jul 15, 2010 at 07:11 AM
    I know one (probably more)is a habitual criminal. Lets try to keep them in jail.
  • by TW Location: Neshoba on Jul 15, 2010 at 05:32 AM
    Keep up the GREAT work!!! Keep our Children and Grandchildren safe from this!!!! Thank you again!!!!
  • by Donna Location: Philadelphia on Jul 15, 2010 at 05:04 AM
    Keep up the GREAT job your doin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Sunshine Location: Meridian on Jul 15, 2010 at 04:53 AM
    Good job. This is the way it should work. Get a tip and then go do the job. Arrest them then don't wait for three years while there is an investigation. Ha, just gives them more time to sell the stuff to your children.
  • by j Location: philly on Jul 14, 2010 at 06:07 PM
    Please don't slap them on the wrist and let them go........Punish them to the full extent of the law and maybe they won't go right back to doing the same thing...............Good job..............
  • by Citizen Location: Meridian on Jul 14, 2010 at 03:00 PM
    Outstanding job!!
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