The City of New Rochelle issued a release late Friday saying a large drug trafficking operation in the City was infiltrated:
Early this morning, search and arrest teams from the New Rochelle Police Department, assisted by investigators from the Westchester County Police Department and the Westchester County DEA Task Force, concluded a month’s long investigation into drug trafficking in the City of New Rochelle with the arrest of a large number of individuals involved in this drug trafficking activity.
Currently, 44 individuals are in custody on charges ranging from Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th (A/Misd) to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 2nd (A/Felony). The operation is continuing and several more arrests are expected.
Starting in February 2011, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) began several undercover cases throughout the City of New Rochelle in conjunction with the Westchester County Department of Public Safety Narcotics Unit. The investigations focused on street sales and mid-level dealings which were starting to proliferate, particularly in the central part of the City.
As a result, a total of 9 individuals have already been arrested and charged with felony sales before the commencement of this operation. Sealed indictments or local felony warrants have been obtained for an additional 51 individuals. During the investigation, undercover officers purchased over (200) bags of crack cocaine, (350) pills of oxycontin, quarter ounce of heroin and (5) grams of powder cocaine during the operation.
“The success of this operation is indicated not only by the large number of arrests, but also by the excellent cooperation of our law enforcement partners, including the Westchester County District Attorney Office and the Westchester County DEA Task Force,” said Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll. “These efforts will certainly impact the Quality of Life in those neighborhoods.”