Nearly 90 people have been charged for narcotic-related offenses, after an extensive four-month undercover narcotics investigation by the St. Paul Police Department.
Criminal charges were brought against 86 people — 22 of those for multiple offenses and 64 with single offenses — as part of the investigation, Operation Street Spot.
The department’s Narcotic’s Vice Response Team began the undercover operation in order to address how drug dealing was changing in the city, according to St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith. He said the investigation showed more drug dealers seem to be working inside, rather than dealing on street corners in the same spots.
Since Aug. 5, officers arrested 50 of the 86 suspects. They say investigation will continue to track down remaining suspects over the next several weeks and into the fall.
The investigation focused on street-level narcotics sales and focused on the dealers and their suppliers. Officers conducted more than 150 separate narcotics purchases on public streets, in local bars and businesses based on a variety of information including citizen tips and complaint data.