The targets of Operation Sunrise run the gamut from street-level drug slingers to gang members to "importers," according to York County District Attorney Tom Kearney.
Eighty people have been arrested so far as part of the 18-month investigation, including several high-level drug dealers, he said -- many of them Wednesday morning during a multi-agency roundup.
"All of the main targets were arrested," Kearney said at a press conference Thursday morning. He was flanked by local police chiefs, state police officials and members of the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service.
The lengthy undercover operation focused on heroin and cocaine dealers, including those involved in gang activity, he said.
Some of those arrested are affiliated with national gangs including the Latin Kings, the Bloods and the Crips, according to police.
Although Wednesday's roundup began at dawn, that's not the reason the operation was named "sunrise," according to state police Capt. Steve Junkin.
It's because the Latin Kings tried, but failed, to start a York chapter of the gang and planned to call it the "sunrise chapter," he said.
Seized: During the operation, police seized cocaine and heroin with a street value of $316,680; 43 vehicles; seven guns and $34,116 cash, police said. So far, they've arrested 80 people and are looking to arrest an additional three dozen targets.
"During my tenure as district attorney, this is the largest (drug) sweep we've had," Kearney said.
Operation Sunrise culminated in a massive citywide roundup of suspects, which happened Wednesday morning. As teams of officers scoured York City, a state police helicopter circled above.
"I suspect there were a lot of people showing up at the emergency room (Thursday)," sick from heroin withdrawal, the district attorney said.
State police Capt. Steve Junkin said some of the targets are local residents, while others came here from New York and New Jersey.
"They come in and set up shop," he said, then reach out to "the local element" to move their product.
Kearney said the 18-month investigation focused on "identifying targets, gathering intelligence and making controlled purchases of heroin and cocaine. Investigators also looked into how gang activity played a role in these activities."
Fled to roof: Police described three men arrested -- Charlie Peña, Jonathan Pacheco-Morales and Rasheid Wright -- as high-level drug dealers.
Two of them tried to evade arresting officers Wednesday, Junkin said, and a third was arrested Thursday morning in Harrisburg.
Peña, 24, of 253 E.
"He wouldn't come down," Hassinger said, but he couldn't go anywhere either, because a state police SWAT-type team had set up a perimeter around the building. Officers weren't sent onto the roof because it was icy, police said.
Instead, York City firefighters were called in. A crew put a ladder up to the roof and Peña climbed down, Hassinger said; the incident lasted about a half-hour.
Peña is now in York County Prison on $75,000 bail, charged with five counts of delivery of cocaine.
Tased: A state police Special Emergency Response Team went to the home of Pacheco-Morales, 36, of 627 E. Market St., Wednesday morning to arrest him because authorities suspected he might not be cooperative, according to Junkin.
Known as "Tattoo Face," Pacheco-Morales refused to comply with officers' orders and was shocked with a Taser, Junkin said.
He is charged with two counts of cocaine delivery and three counts each of heroin delivery and conspiracy. He also faces kidnapping and related charges for a York City incident last summer.
Pacheco-Morales is in county prison. District Judge Ronald Haskell Jr. -- whose office handled all the Operation Sunrise arraignments -- denied him bail, citing public safety issues.
Kidnapping: Charging documents allege Pacheco-Morales and others were involved with kidnapping a cooperating police source who had just bought cocaine from them.
The source was held against his will and threatened inside a home in the 200 block of East King Street on June 13, but eventually was let go, documents state.
Before releasing the source, the kidnappers stole his cocaine and cell phone, police said.
The third alleged high-level drug dealer, Wright, 38, of 2514 Barley Lane in Harrisburg, was arrested there Thursday morning. He's charged with one count each of cocaine delivery and criminal conspiracy. As of Thursday afternoon, he was waiting to be transported to prison after being arraigned, according to Haskell's office.
Involved: Participating in Operation Sunrise were the York County District Attorney's Office, York County Drug Task Force, state police, the FBI, the U.S. Marshal's Service, York City Police, York Area Regional Police, Springettsbury Township Police, Northeastern Regional Police, West Manchester Township Police, Penn Township Police, the York County Sheriff's Office, state parole agents and York County detectives.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of targets still being sought is asked to call (800) 4PA-TIPS.
"I'm confident we will find every single one of them," Junkin said, adding police are "patient, persistent and determined."
-- Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.