"These individuals are street-level dealers - people who affected daily life in this community," Green said.
Lewis, who has served as chief since January, vowed to maintain a vigorous stance and expressed thanks for the state and county assistance.
"We do need the help," he said.
A criminal complaint for Brian Lamar Slowe, 34, of Chester, states that at 4:38 p.m. on March 12, 2007, an undercover officer arranged to meet him in the 1100 block of Ridley Avenue to buy $275 worth of cocaine. The officer put the money into a pocket containing $200 for another drug buy and mistakenly paid Slowe $475, the complaint said.
"Immediately after departing the area, Slowe called me and told me that I gave him too much money," the officer wrote in the complaint. The officer returned to the exchange site, and Slowe handed him $200, the complaint said.
"That shows how good the undercovers are," Chester Police Capt. Joseph M. Bail Jr. said, citing the trust implicit in that unusual transaction.
Bail described the defendants as "the first rung of the ladder" and said police planned to keep climbing.
Taken into custody were Shalamar Shabree Longer, 26; Nathaniel Lee Reason, 25; Ralph Carr, 30; Joseph Peruto, no age available; Muneer Rasheed Saleem, 28; Oscar Xavier Montes, 29; Charles McGlover Bowers, 19; Augustine Ramos, 38; Jamal Frisby, 28; Michael Strand, 21; Jeron T. Evans, 21; Makeem Brigman, 20; Isral Lugo, 18; Deidre Naylor, 44; Vincent Grant Savage, 58; Marvin K. Sams, 46; and Rasheed Vicks, no age available; all of Chester. Also held were Sandra Lee Smith, 36, of Boothwyn; Pablo Rodriguez, 26, of Upland; and James "Hoop" Smith, no age or hometown available.
Warrants have been issued for: Marshall Strand, 33; Corey Husbands, 38; Andre Northern, 34; Gregory Naylor, 29; Samuel Harvey III, 37; Jose Guitterez Gonzalez, 42; Waheed Jenkins, no age available; Lenora Rodriguez, 32; Mary Cameron, no age available; Marcellus Barfield, 26; Sakeena Collier, 28; Thomas Lee Brown Jr., 26; Howard Johnson, 28; Jessica C. Malmgren, 28; Percy Thompson, 20; and David Sherman, 38, all of Chester; and Kathleen Rustark, 56, of Brookhaven.
Green said they all should be considered dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to call 610-447-3784.
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