Over 111 people were arrested in a massive and thoroughly coordinated drug sweep throughout Kingston and the surrounding area. Additional arrests are expected on more outstanding warrants.
According to the Kingston Police Department, the sweep --called "Operation Clean Sweep" -- resulted in 536 total felony charges, seizure of over $23,000 in cocaine and heroin, 16 cars, and 2 guns, arrest of 36 members/associates of the Bloods, 3 members/associates of the Crips, and 5 members/associates of the Blackout (a local gang).
This is an operation that took a great deal of effort, hard work, and cooperation between various entities. Participating in this massive effort were 170 people from Kingston Police Department; Ulster Sheriff's Office; New York State Police; the U.S. Marshalls Service; police departments in Ellenville, Plattekill, Lloyd, New Paltz, the town of Ulster, Saugerties, Woodstock, Shandaken and the city of Poughkeepsie; the Ulster County Probation Department; the New York State Division of Parole, and the Ulster County District Attorney's Office .
This raid -- the largest ever in Ulster County-- should send 2 clear messages. First, there is a crime problem in Kingston and Ulster County, but second, the people are ready, willing, and able to fight back.
All I can offer is one big KUDOS!!!