By 10:30 this morning, federal and local authorities had captured about 20 people and had begun arraigning them in the Lancaster City police station on West Chestnut Street. The search was continuing for about 30 more suspects.
The sweep was being conducted by members of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, Pennsylvania State Police, Lancaster County Drug Task Force, Lancaster City Drug Unit and Special Emergency Response Team, and municipal police departments.
Today’s arrests were the result of an undercover sting operation that began six months ago and was led by the DEA, U.S. Department of Justice, the county’s drug task force and city and state police.
Authorities scheduled a news conference for 2 p.m. today at the Lancaster County Courthouse, where they were expected to officially announce the drug sweep.
Scheduled to join Totaro were U.S. Attorney Patrick Meehan; DEA Special Agent in Charge James M. Kasson of the agency’s Philadelphia division; city police Chief William Heim; Lt. Brian Naylor of the state police; and Lancaster County Chiefs of Police Association President William Leighty.