Approximately two dozen drug agents, investigators, and deputies of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office fanned out across Lancaster County Thursday morning, October 22, 2015, to serve arrest warrants for drug offenses documented during the course of an investigation dubbed Operation Silent Sweep that has been ongoing for about a year. During the operation investigators focused on locations and suspects within the county known for drug possession and distribution. They also acted upon complaints of drug activity made by citizens. Undercover operations were conducted with the assistance of confidential informants. Investigators also focused on offenses involving heroin and prescription medications, which have become more prevalent in recent months.
Approximately 100 arrest warrants were obtained charging 69 defendants with drug and weapons violations. Forty-nine of the 69 have been taken into custody. Drug charges range from possession to possession with intent to distribute to trafficking. During the course of the operation investigators seized 139.4 grams of Cocaine, 15 grams of Crack Cocaine, 201 grams of Marijuana, 183 grams of Heroin, and 43.5 grams of Methamphetamine. Two meth labs were discovered during the operation. Investigators also seized 488 doses of narcotic prescription medications including Oxycodone, Morphine, Methadone, Xanax, Adderall, and Suboxone. Eleven firearms, two automobiles, and $13,704.00 in cash were also seized.
Several of the defendants were arrested prior to Thursday. Some of those arrested Thursday were found to be in possession of illegal drugs and were charged with additional offenses. One defendant arrested Thursday, Antonio Labryant Reid, was found to be in possession of 12 grams of Crack Cocaine, 48 doses of Xanax, and a stolen pistol. Additional charges of Trafficking Crack Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Xanax, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Violent Crime, Possession of a Stolen Pistol, and Resisting Arrest will be made against Reid. Some defendants are still being sought.
According to Sheriff Barry Faile, “Drugs continue to be a problem in America. Drug use and the drug trade fuel all sorts of other criminal activity. It seems that over time the drugs of choice change. Methamphetamine was popular here until we conducted an investigation that led to State Grand Jury indictments against a large group of methamphetamine manufacturers and users, most of whom were recently convicted. We are now dealing more with the use and abuse of Heroin and prescription medications. Our officers will continue to pursue intelligence and complaints about drug offenses and arrest those who violate our drug laws.”