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Nov 13, 2014 4:36 PM

Manchester, NH police arrest 23 in early morning sweep


MANCHESTER- In a press conference Thursday, Manchester Police Chief David Mara said, "If you're going to sell drugs in Manchester, there's a good possibly you're going to get arrested."

It's a message police want loud and clear as they arrest 23 drug dealers in a multi-agency sweep dubbed "Operation Fall Cleanup". At one address on Cedar Street, police seized loaded guns, cash, and more than $14 thousand worth of heroin.

"We don't want this in an apartment in a neighborhood where there are kids and working families," Mara said.

Police say the men and women are considered "low-level" dealers, but they're just as important to get off the street.

"These are the people that are right there in the street right in the neighborhoods that are causing a lot of harm, causing a lot of the damage and driving crime in the neighborhoods," Mara said.

All 23 were arrested Thursday. The sweep started at 5am as eight separate arrest teams were deployed throughout the city.

Captain Shawn Fournier says the public played a huge role in this investigation.

"We really depend on the citizens, the community to be, you know you've heard the "eyes and ears" type of mindset. But it does it plays into it greatly," Fournier said.

There are still warrants out for a few more suspects.

Police executed a similar round-up back in February. They've been preparing for this one since then, and are ready to get started on the next group.

"We're going to keep on doing this, we're going to keep on rounding people up, we're hoping to do this two or three times a year," Mara said.

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