COVINGTON, Ky. - Residents of Kenton County feel slightly safer after local law enforcement executed a daylong operation Thursday to track down suspected drug offenders in Covington.
Law enforcement officials spent the day scouring the city, searching homes in the area, executing 42 warrants for traffickers of cocaine and heroin.
Covington police said they arrested 21 drug traffickers during Thursday's sweep. Nine others with warrants were arrested the week before due to other circumstances.
"We will be hunting for the remaining 21 suspects over the weeks to come," Covington police said on their Facebook page. "If you deal drugs in Covington, now is a good time to look over your shoulder."
Police caught two suspects in the 1500 block of Holman Avenue. They apprehended a third suspect at W. 16th Street and Banklick Avenue.
One alleged offender was caught during an unrelated traffic stop, according to Covington Police Chief Spike Jones.
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.
Still, though, Jones and other law enforcement officials said they were pleased with the results of Thursday's operation.
The warrant sweep will continue Friday.
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