AMBRIDGE (KDKA) — Nearly two dozen people in Beaver County were arrested in a drug bust.

The 22 arrests were made on Wednesday and Thursday. Authorities are calling it “Operation: Ambridge Clean Sweep.”

Officials say the investigation in Ambridge and surrounding areas took six months.

“We confiscated guns, crack cocaine, marijuana, various drug paraphernalia, ecstasy, several thousand dollars,” Ambridge Police Chief James Mann said. “We purchased probably as Mr. Ellis said $8,000 or $10,000 worth of drugs that would have been on our streets we seized or purchased.”

Most of the arrests were made in Ambridge Borough. Some of them happened in the Economy Village public housing plan. As part of the sweep, police set up road blocks at both entrances.

The Beaver County Housing Authority says those involved will be evicted and they’re already working on the paperwork.

Other arrests were made in Beaver Falls and Freedom. Local, State police and narcotics agents from the Attorney General’s office pulled off the sweep.

Names of those arrested given to the media are: Ashleigh McCory, Carl L. Chandler, Roy Jones, Terrance Tazel, Jonathan Powell, Sean Gordon, David Lyons, William Huskins, Buster Thomas, Timothy Jozefowicz, Jordon Palm and Roscoe Ellis.

When asked if those arrested were high or low level drug dealers, Beaver County D. A. Anthony Berosh said: “We are not fishing here. We don’t throw the small ones back.”

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