Chester County DA: Task force brought in 77 drug dealers in past 2 months

Mark Abrams
January 23, 2019 - 4:22 pm
Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan

Jim Melwert | KYW Newsradio

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CHESTER COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan says a task force of officers from police departments, working with county detectives, helped take down 77 dealers who were selling heroin and opioids - some of which caused deaths - during the past two months in an operation they called "Operation Wildfire." 

He says they also seized guns and lots of drugs. 

"Now think about 7,000 doses of heroin, fentanyl-cut cocaine, fentanyl-cut crystal meth and think about 7,000 potential deaths," Hogan said. 

Among those arrested were a mother and son who've been charged in the death of one of their customers.

But Hogan says Chester County can't fight the scourge by itself. 

"The problem is and remains a central dealing point. And that central dealing point, that central supply point is Philadelphia. And until Philadelphia cuts off that supply, then the entire region will keep going there. Because Philadelphia has the cheapest and purest heroin in the United States," he said. 

Hogan says he has asked Philadelphia officials to consider creating a task force to address the drug problem.

Meanwhile, he says more resources going into treatment and education programs have been paying off.