-On Tuesday morning individuals were taken into custody at the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Honesdale Barracks for felony drug and firearm warrants in Wayne and Pike counties.
"Operation Summer Sweep," as it is called, was a combined effort between the Wayne County District Attorney's Office Drug Task Force, PSP, the Wayne County Sheriff's Department; Hawley, Honesdale, Lehigh and Waymart Borough Police; and the Pike County District Attorney's Office.
As of press time, seven of the eight individuals involved were in custody, but Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards said they "hoped to have" the eighth in custody by the end of the day Tuesday.
"'Operation Summer Sweep' was a proactive plan to continually work towards arresting and incarcerating those that sell drugs in Wayne County," Edwards stated. "I am grateful to the officers involved who assume the risks to protect our community."
She stated that some of the warrants were felonies for the sale of heroin, some were felonies for the sale of prescription pain medications and there was also a felony for a firearm violation.
Among the items confiscated was over $6,800 in cash, a military flack jacket, various drug items and drug paraphernalia.
"For the last year and a half it's been one of my primary concerns, to do what I can as the elected district attorney, to stop the selling of drugs, which is very prominent in the community," Edwards said.
She added that heroin is the biggest one that is seen "time and time again."
"Drugs don't take into account age, income, race or status in life," Edwards stated. "It affects everyone in the community. I will keep arresting people who are selling drugs."
The accused individuals were arraigned at PSP by Magistrate Bonnie Carney of Hawley. They are set to have preliminary hearings on Aug. 28 in Central Court at the Wayne County Courthouse.
Their names had not been released as of press time as they were waiting arraignment.