TOWANDA — A seven-month long undercover drug operation led by the Bradford County Drug Task Force has resulted in 26 criminal complaints, according to a press release from the Bradford County District Attorney’s Office.
The announcement was made by First Assistant District Attorney Al Ondrey and Athens Township Police Chief Roger Clink through a press release on Thursday.
“The Bradford County Drug Task Force — with the assistance of Special Agents of the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General — conducted an undercover drug operation resulting in 26 criminal complaints being filed at Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley’s office on June 5, 2019,” the release said.
The operation involved purchases of heroin, fentanyl, methamphetamine, marijuana and other controlled substances, according to the district attorney’s office.
A roundup of suspects was conducted on Thursday with the participation of special agents of the Office of the Attorney General, Athens Township police, Bradford County Sheriff’s Office, Athens Borough police, Sayre Borough police and the Pennsylvania State Police.
“On behalf of the Bradford County District Attorney’s Office and the Bradford County Task Force, we would also like to thank the following agencies for their assistance: New York State Police-Chemung and Tioga Counties, US Marshalls Service, Elmira Police Department, Broome County Sheriff’s Department, Tioga County Sheriff’s Department and Chemung County Sheriff’s Department,” a press release said.
The operation, which also resulted in two juvenile written allegations, was conducted from November of 2018 through May of this year and involved residents of Bradford County, Pennsylvania and Chemung and Tioga counties in New York.
“This was a massive drug operation that was transporting dangerous drugs such as heroin and fentanyl across state lines into Bradford County neighborhoods,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. “These poisons are fueling an epidemic that is devastating Pennsylvania communities, and it is a top priority of law enforcement to prevent them from coming into our commonwealth in the first place.”
Shapiro praised the work of law enforcement and the district attorney’s office in Bradford County.
“I’m grateful for the strong collaboration between our partners in the Bradford County District Attorney’s Office as well as local, state and federal law enforcement to break up this organization and keep the people of Bradford County safe,” Shapiro said.
Check back with the Morning Times for specifics on the 26 criminal cases.