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In one of the largest efforts of its kind in Cumberland County in recent history, area police forces sought to arrest more than 40 people suspected of dealing drugs in the county Tuesday.

Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed said the effort was meant to help disrupt the flow of illicit drugs in the county.

“It’s all about disruption,” Freed said Tuesday during a news conference. “It’s all about making it as difficult as we can for people to do business here.”

Police began early Tuesday morning serving arrest warrants on 45 people believed to reside in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties.

At least 31 people had been arrested by 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Freed said the arrests, coordinated through the Cumberland County Drug Task Force, are related to multiple unconnected drug operations and comprise largely street-level dealers.

Officers from Carlisle, East Pennsboro Township, Mechanicsburg, North Middleton Township, Middlesex Township, Silver Spring Township, Upper Allen Township, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and the Perry County Drug Task Force aided in the arrests.

Freed also thanked the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, Cumberland County Prison and Magisterial District Judge Susan Day for their help in the operation.

He credited the “gum shoe” work done by police to use confidential informants and set up controlled buys that helped lead to the arrests Tuesday.

He said he hopes to use some of the information obtained during the sweep to target higher level dealers.

“This isn’t the end of anything,” Freed said. “This is ongoing ... We took a lot of dealers off the streets and we’re going to make it harder to get drugs in Cumberland County.”

Many of the people named in the drug sweep are suspected of dealing heroin, Freed said.

He also said suspects are accused of selling a range of drugs from marijuana and prescription pills to LSD.

Roughly 116 grams of cocaine, 44 pounds of marijuana, 71 prescription pills, two grams of methamphetamines, 3,400 bags of heroin valued at $35,000 and $50,000 cash were seized during the operation.

“Many people advocating so called criminal justice reform say drug dealing is non-violent activity,” Freed said. “I ask, ‘what kind of non-violent activity carries the body count that heroin dealing does?’ Does retail theft have a body count? Does forgery have a body count? Does vandalism have a body count? Dealing heroin certainly does.”

According to Cumberland County Coroner Charley Hall, 18 people have died of drug overdoses so far this year.

Of those, nine have been confirmed as a result of a heroin or fentanyl overdose and the other nine are currently awaiting toxicology.

Freed said Tuesday that there is a need to balance cutting off demand for drugs by getting people who are addicted into treatment while also attacking the supply through policing and arrests.

“This operation did not target users,” Freed said. “... We want users to get help. To the extent that any of the people arrested today were dealing to support a habit ... We will identify the people who are dealing to support a habit and find resolutions to their cases that prioritize treatment, but for dealers we want to lock them up.”

At the end of last year Freed announced the Cumberland County Drug Task Force, which is comprised of full and part time officers from departments around the county, would increase from three full-time officers to seven.

Posted earlier on Cumberlink:

Update: As of 11:45 a.m., 30 people had been arrested as part of the drug operation Tuesday, according to Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed.

Reported earlier on Cumberlink

In one of the largest efforts of its kind in Cumberland County in recent history, area police forces are attempting today to arrest more than 40 people suspected of dealing drugs in the county.

Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed said the effort was meant to help disrupt the flow of illicit drugs in the county.

Freed said the arrests, coordinated through the Cumberland County Drug Task Force, are related to multiple drug operations and comprise largely street-level dealers.

Many of the people named in the drug sweep are suspected of dealing heroin, Freed said.

According to Cumberland County Coroner Charley Hall, 18 people have died of drug overdoses so far this year.

Of those, nine have been confirmed as a result of a heroin or fentanyl overdose and the other nine are currently awaiting toxicology.

At least 16 people had been arrested by 8:30 a.m. this morning.

Freed is expected to hold a news conference concerning the arrests this afternoon.

Police began early this morning serving arrest warrants on the following 45 people believed to reside in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties:

• Niree Malcolm Holman, 19, of Harrisburg — felony possession with intent to deliver and felony criminal use of a communications device.

• Nela Balaban, 23, of Hershey — felony possession with intent to deliver, felony criminal use of a communications device and misdemeanor drug possession

• Shakur Aziz Tennant, 23, of Harrisburg — two counts each of felony criminal use of a communications device and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia

• Donald Landon Daquan Brown, 26, of Harrisburg — felony possession with intent to deliver, felony criminal use of a communications device and misdemeanor drug possession

• John Andrew Harpster, 25, of Shippensburg — felony possession with intent to deliver and felony criminal use of a communications device

• Felicia Suzanne Nelson, 24, of Shippensburg — felony possession with intent to deliver and felony conspiracy to commit possession with intent to deliver

• Tyler James Kendall, 29, of Shippensburg — felony possession with intent to deliver, felony conspiracy to commit possession with intent to deliver and summary driving with a suspended license

• Malik Christopher Bonds, 36, of Shippensburg — two counts of felony possession with intent to deliver

• Eric Andrew Chambers, 24, of Harrisburg — two counts of felony possession with intent to deliver

• Anthony Tarze Chadwick, 42, of Harrisburg — two counts each of felony possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communications device

• Renaldo Xavier Rodriquez, 26, of Harrisburg — two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver and felony criminal use of a communications device

• Kevin E Guider Jr., 24, of Camp Hill — felony possession with intent to deliver and felony controlled substance contraband

• Blake Thomas Barton, 33, of Mechanicsburg — three counts each of felony possession with intent to deliver, felony criminal use of a communications device and misdemeanor possession of a small amount of marijuana

• Stephanie Alyse Melhorn, 29, of Harrisburg — two felony counts each of possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communications device

• Brian Keith Walunas, 28, of Mechanicsburg — felony possession with intent to deliver, misdemeanor possession of a small amount of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia

• Benjamin Roy Sobolewski, 25, of Mechanicsburg — three felony counts of possession with intent to deliver, felony criminal use of a communications device, misdemeanor possession of a small amount of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia

• Calvin Glenn Garrett, 55, of Mechanicsburg — two felony counts each of possession with intent to deliver and conspiracy to commit possession with intent to deliver

• Oleathia Smith, 57, of Mechanicsburg — two felony counts each of possession with intent to deliver and conspiracy to commit possession with intent to deliver and three felony counts or criminal use of a communications device

• Kyle Alexander Myers, 23, of Dillsburg — felony possession with intent to deliver and felony criminal use of a communications device

• Joshua Michael Culley, 27, of Enola — two counts each of felony possession with intent to deliver, misdemeanor possession of a small amount of marijuana and felony criminal use of a communications device

• Darren Edward Ross, 27, of Camp Hill — three counts each of felony possession with intent to deliver, misdemeanor possession of a small amount of marijuana and felony criminal use of a communications device

• Lamar Terrell Artis, 28, of Mechanicsburg — two counts each of felony possession with intent to deliver, misdemeanor possession of a small amount of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of felony criminal use of a communications device

• Jeremy Ray Witmer, 32, of Carlisle — two counts of felony possession with intent to deliver, felony criminal use of a communications device, misdemeanor possession of a small amount of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of a small amount of marijuana

• Matthew Jose Roque, 26, of Mechanicsburg — three felony counts of possession with intent to deliver, felony criminal use of a communications device, misdemeanor drug possession and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia

• Reese Emerson Berdanier, 28, of Mechanicsburg — felony possession with intent to deliver

• Dustin Lee Jones, 21, of Elliotsburg — three felony counts of possession with intent to deliver, two felony criminal use of a communications device, misdemeanor drug possession and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia

• Justin Allen Trayer, 32, of Carlisle — felony possession with intent to deliver and felony criminal use of a communications device

• Travis Scott Milburn, 25, of Shippensburg — felony possession with intent to deliver and felony criminal use of a communications device

• Marvetta L Lander, 52, of Mount Holly Springs — four felony counts of possession with intent to deliver and felony criminal use of a communications device

• Rachel Marie Lander, 27, of Mount Holly Springs – felony possession with intent to deliver

• Jalil Edward Nickerson Greer, 28, of Carlisle — felony possession with intent to deliver and felony criminal use of a communications device

• Jordan Anthony Hoffman, 19, of Boiling Springs — six felony counts each of possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communications device

• Zachary Alan Kerr, 27, of Mount Holly Springs — felony possession with intent to deliver and felony conspiracy to commit possession with intent to deliver

• Sylvester Stallone Anderson, 31, of Carlisle — felony possession with intent to deliver and felony criminal use of a communication device

• Damion Glenroy Davis, 38, of Carlisle — two felony counts each of possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communications device

• Jermaine D. Allen, 29, of Carlisle — felony possession with intent to deliver and felony criminal use of a communication device

• Krystal May Wartluft, 28, of Carlisle — two felony counts each of possession with intent to deliver and felony criminal use of a communications device

• Lucion Morgan Snyder, 25, of Harrisburg — two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver, felony criminal use of a communications device, misdemeanor drug possession and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia

• Jerrel Maurice Thompson, 25, of Carlisle — two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver and felony criminal use of communications device

• Radi Adawi, 48, of Carlisle — two felony counts each of possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communications device

• Reginald Maurice Brown, 34, of Carlisle — two felony counts each of possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communications device

• Stacey Ann Hilliard, 21, Carlisle – felony possession with intent to deliver and felony criminal use of a communications device

• Brian Nathaniel Jones, 25, of Carlisle — felony possession with intent to deliver

• Todd Stephen Kingsborough, 30, of Carlisle — two felony counts each of possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communications device

• Andre Paris Smith, 37, of Carlisle — felony possession with intent to deliver and felony criminal use of a communications device

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