Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that his Office arrested 14 individuals and seized six kilos of heroin/fentanyl, two kilos of cocaine, five handguns, one rifle, $200,000 in cash, a kilo press, scales, and packaging equipment in the largest Kensington Initiative operation to date. Today’s law enforcement action is the result of a three-month wiretap investigation into a drug trafficking organization in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Throughout the investigation, agents prevented three shootings over the course of just a few weeks.
One of the participating agencies was the Whitemarsh Police Department. According to Chief Christopher Ward, the department’s narcotics K9 team assisted in some searches.
Agents executed 20 search warrants Tuesday morning on residences, warehouses, and vehicles believed to be connected to the organization. The ring had ties stretching as far as Allentown to the North and Bucks County to the East. Simultaneous raids were executed in those areas. It is believed that the ringleaders of the organization used children to sell their drugs on street corners.
Photos: Whitemarsh Township Police Department