As we previously reported, additional Philadelphia 9th District and Narcotics Field Unit officers this summer have resulted in many arrests. Those officers and arrests continue to this day. Some of these officers are in uniform, many are in plain clothes.
The arrests are now mostly for hydroponic marijuana sales and possession, but also for heroin and crack cocaine. Sums of cash have been confiscated. One search warrant was served. These activities at one point were occurring in an underground area and the officers were able to shut that down. The suspects are varied in age, income levels, backgrounds and where they come from, making the investigations more difficult.
A number of additional bike officers on all shifts are forthcoming and Howl at the Moon (258 south 15th street) hired 2 Philadelphia police officers to patrol on the weekend evenings outside of their business. This establishment has also been instructed to hire more bouncers outside.
It is important that residents are vigilant at all times. A great help to the officers is if you can make note and advise them of specific times, locations and suspects, including what they are wearing, patterns of what's happening when and where, etc. Please call the 9th District's Community Liaison Officer, Officer Mobley, at (215) 686-3090 with such information.
If an incident is occurring in real time, please call 911. If there is no or an unsatisfactory response within a reasonable time, please re-call 911 and ask for a supervisor.