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Massive Yonkers drug bust takes 25 suspected drug dealers off the streets

Officials say 6 are still at large

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YONKERS — Westchester police and federal agents rounded up 25 suspected drug dealers in west Yonkers as part of a 14-month investigation called Operation Trick-or-Treat.

All 25 suspects have been charged with varying degrees of felony criminal sale of a controlled substance.

"Undercover officers were utilized and over 400 bags of heroin, 40 grams of powder crack and cocaine and PCP and prescription drugs were purchased from the individuals displayed," Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner said.

Officers from multiple departments and agencies worked on the operation but Yonkers officers were at the heart of the initiative, targeting heroin dealers and gang members pushing drugs in Yonkers and other municipalities.

"Let me be very clear, 140 people die every day of opioid abuse in the country,” Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano said.

Mayor Spano says a hard stance on fighting the heroin epidemic will help take dealers off the streets and help save lives.

"I think it's important to get these drugs off the streets because it’s really doing bad for these kids, the young people. I am really glad they got all these people off the streets," Lourdes Ortiz of the Bronx said, commending the police for their work.

Police Commissioner Gardner says many of the suspects had criminal histories or were known gang members with more than 300 prior arrests among them.

With six suspected dealers still at large, Gardner made it clear that anyone who contributes to the opioid epidemic will be apprehended.

"I am sending a warning, we will target you and hold you accountable for your actions," he said.

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