The Chester County District Attorney's office on Thursday announced another round of drug-related arrests in Coatesville -- part of an ongoing operation to combat violent crime and homicide in Chester County's only city.
Nine people were arrested in the latest sweep, the third since last year. In a press release, District Attorney Tom Hogan said they had been charged with drug dealing offenses, mostly involving cocaine and heroin.
The operation's aim is to prevent homicides in Coatesville by targeting what the DA calls "high-risk" offenders -- in other words, offenders with prior violent convictions or outstanding warrants. In 2012, the city had a murder rate higher than that of Philadelphia, but Hogan said in Thursday's press release that there haven't been any murders so far this year.
"Operation Silent Night has been a success not just in solving crimes, but in preventing crimes," he said in the release. He also credited newly appointed police chief Jack Laufer for "excellent work every day on the streets of Coatesville."