CHESTER — Chester authorities arrested 17 people this morning in what they say is a roundup of area drug dealers.
Called “Operation Sleigh Ride,” the sting was the result of three months of investigation, police said.
With warrants in hand, officers went to the homes of their suspects — mostly people with prior drug convictions accused of drug trafficking, distribution and possession with intent to distribute — hoping to catch them at a time when they would be in a deep sleep.
The sting gets its name from police hauling people to jail during the holiday season.
“Sleigh ride,” Lt. Louis Nelson said, “In our sleigh.”
Authorities said they have numerous other outstanding warrants they are trying to serve.
The operation is a joint effort between the Chester County Sheriff’s Office, the Chester Police Department, the Great Falls Police Department and the FBI.