Local Police, Feds Crack Down On Heroin Sales In Westchester
Westchester County officials say a year-long initiative to crack down on heroin sales resulted in 20 arrests Tuesday. This brings the total number of heroin-related arrests to more than 125 for 2014.
County Department of Public Safety Commissioner George Longworth says the 20 people were arrested on charges of selling heroin in northern Westchester, the latest series of arrests under a previously undisclosed initiative to combat the distribution and sale of heroin in the northern part of the county. Responding to a surge in heroin use and related overdose deaths of young adults in 2013, the Department of Public Safety, FBI, and seven northern Westchester police departments formed a multi-agency task force. The goal of the Westchester County Northern Narcotics Initiative was to target street-level dealers and well as their suppliers. Local officers were from the Bedford, Buchanan, Croton-on-Hudson, Peekskill, Yorktown, Mount Kisco, and Ossining Police Departments.