12 arrested in large-scale drug bust on Cleveland's east side

CLEVELAND - Twelve people were arrested during what Cleveland police call a significant drug bust on the city's east side.

Cleveland police said they executed five search warrants in the area of East 74th Street and Central Avenue starting at 4:40 p.m. Thursday. There was an additional warrant in Cleveland's Glenville neighborhood.

"Bottom line, if you're involved in this type of behavior, it's unacceptable," said Cleveland Police Chief Mike McGrath. "It's only a matter of time before we come knocking."

Officers found heroin and cocaine following an investigation that police said lasted too long. Cleveland police were assisted by the SWAT team, which includes members of the FBI, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office.

Police said the suspects will likely appear in Cleveland Municipal Court on Saturday.

"As the case unfolds, we may find there were other conspirators," said Patrick Stephens, commander of the Cleveland Police Third District.

"It lets the community know that we do care, we're on top of it, and we will not tolerate this kind of activity whether it's in this community or any neighborhood in Cleveland," said Mayor Frank Jackson who was at the scene.

The entire operation lasted about an hour and residents welcomed the move.

"When I saw it, I'm like good, get them all because we got young kids around here," said one neighbor.

"Alright," said Carolyn Sankey, whose grandchildren live in the neighborhood. "Twelve people off the street, yes, that's great."

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