Middletown Police round up 22 people indicted on drug charges in annual sweep

Middletown Police round up 22 people indicted on drug charges in annual sweep (WKEF/WRGT)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Nearly two dozen people who have been indicted on drug charges were rounded up by police.

Officers in Middletown went on what they call a "warrant sweep", and many residents couldn't be happier.

"Two or three police cars down, really didn't see anybody being taken out," neighbor Mike Earls said.

Another resident of Lowell Avenue was one of the people arrested in the sweep.

"It has occurred several times," he said. "They have never bothered us but it's not good for the neighborhood."

Jim Kidd lives on Wildwood, which is another street police were on.

"That's a good thing," Kidd said.

"Get rid of some of them," he continued, "get them off the streets."

He said the drug problem in Middletown has gotten worse.

"The heroin is something else," Kidd said.

"I've seen people pass out, overdose on the road," Earls said.

Middletown police want drugs off the street too.

During the sweep they confiscated meth, fentanyl and other drug paraphernalia.

"We take a firm stance on drug dealing," Middletown Police Department Major David Birk said. "We've increased our K-9 unit. We're constantly doing drug interdiction into the city."

Police said they did a drug sweep last year too, and they like to do it just before summer is about to start.

"We're more active in the summer, people get out and by being outside people tend to get in more disturbances," Major Birk said. "We like to have an impact right before summer hits, and this is the best way to do it."

Police said during Thursday's drug sweep, they also got $10,000 from a suspected drug house.

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