Mt. Vernon officials: ‘Operation Crackdown’ nets 22 drugs arrests

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Mount Vernon Police Commissioner Shawn Harris announced Friday the arrest of 22 people allegedly involved in buying and selling drugs in the city.

He said it was the culmination of a yearlong investigation called “Operation Crackdown” led by Mount Vernon police, the FBI and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

“I'm going to look straight in your eyes and tell you this is no longer the city where you'll feel comfortable engaging in criminal activity,” said Harris.

The commissioner says these arrests will lead to bigger seizures of drugs and weapons.

“Fighting crime is a team effort and our streets belong to the people, not the criminals,” said Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas. “Efforts like Operation Crackdown are why crime has dropped by 32 percent since 2011.”

The suspects are facing various drug-related charges, including criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony. Police are still looking for 10 more suspects, and have warrants out for their arrests.

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