COVINGTON, Ky. - The number of suspected drug dealers off the streets in Covington increased by two on Monday.
The Covington police department reported on their Facebook page the arrest of two individuals early Tuesday morning, and the impounding of one car, as part of a major policing effort that began Thursday, May 30.
Ronald Dowdell was arrested on Trevor Street for three counts of trafficking of drugs at approximately 9:15 a.m. on Monday, Covington Police Chief Spike Jones said.
At 2:40 p.m., Micheal Robinson was arrested on a single count of trafficking cocaine at 18th and Scott streets.
On Thursday the department executed 42 warrants for traffickers of cocaine and heroin. That initial sweep resulted in the arrest 21 individuals.
With the additional arrest of one individual over the weekend, the total number of suspected dealers taken off the street now stands at 24. Nine others with warrants were arrested the week before due to other circumstances.
After the initial round of arrests on Thursday, the Covington police had this message on the department Facebook page:
"We will be hunting for the remaining 21 suspects over the weeks to come. If you deal drugs in Covington, now is a good time to look over your shoulder."
Covington Police Chief Spike Jones said the reasoning behind the task force focusing on street dealers is twofold. Not only will the arrests help rid the streets of drugs but it will also help to reduce other related petty crimes like car break-ins and copper thefts.
Local business owner Lance Sharp experienced firsthand the effects of a break-in at his tire business.
He says drug-related crimes continue to affect his bottom line. In addition to losses from the theft, he said he losses business opportunities because crime keeps customers away.
Sharp, who has owned a tire business in the area for the past two years, spent the afternoon watching as law enforcement officials conducted their citywide investigation.
However, there's still a long way to go before the area is cleaned up.
Jones told 9 On Your Side reporter Natasha Williams that a considerable number of the people for whom they have warrants do not reside in Covington and it could take as much as a month to catch all the suspects.
Jones and other law enforcement officials said they were pleased with the results of Thursday's operation.
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