9 indicted for gun trafficking in York County

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – Federal prosecutors say they’ve arrested nine people for their involvement in a York County drug and gun-trafficking operation.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, “Operation Gun Grabber” has been a four-month joint effort to get some of the most dangerous weapons off the street.

(York County District Attorney’s Office)


One of the weapons seized included an UZI submachine gun.

“York County is ground zero in this war on violent crime,” Bruce Brandler, US Attorney for the Middle District, said.

The nine accused were indicted in March on various offenses related to the possession of illegal firearms and drug trafficking:

Edward Harris, 58, of Uniontown
Ernest Crosby, 25, of Manchester
Jeremiah Ashford, 25, of York
Lykeem Bethune, 20, of York
Derek Jones, 23, of York
Edward Lee McDowell, III, 20, of York,
Quran Smallwood, 22, of York,
Fred Crowder, III, 32, of York
Kenge Lewis, III, 23, of York

According to officials in the York County District Attorney’s Office it’s likely the people arrested were involved in some organized crime groups.

“Firearms are things that drug dealers want to get their hands on,” Dave Sunday, Chief Deputy Assistant District Attorney, said. “It’s something they can use in furtherance of their trade. It’s something they can use to intimidate and scare others.”

Police said without question the guns they took were meant to kill people.

Tom Kearney, the York County District Attorney, said getting the guns off the street is a victory.

“If we stop one death because of what was done here in the past four months that is significant,” Kearney said.

Authorities say more arrest may result due to the ongoing investigation.

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