Kensington Drug Sting Nets 68 Arrests of Dealers and Buyers: Police

A narcotics sting in Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood netted police 68 arrests in the high-drug-traffic area, authorities said on Monday.

The operation was led by the Philadelphia Police Narcotics Strike Force on Thursday and Friday nights, police said at a news conference Monday. In all, 19 suspected drug dealers and 49 buyers -- including 15 who traveled into the city from the suburbs -- were arrested in all, Strike Force Capt. Lee Strollo said.

Police also confiscated $4,200 worth of heroin, crack cocaine with a street value of $885 and $600 worth of powder cocaine, Strollo said. He said officers conducted the sting using surveillance, plainclothes officers and K-9 units.

The sting was the third Strike Force operation this year and the first time an operation was spread over two days, police said.

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