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JON O’CONNELL joconnell@timesleader.com

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WILKES-BARRE — An effort made Wednesday by local, state and federal law enforcement agents to sweep up persons wanted on outstanding arrest warrants ended with 17 in custody.

The newly formed Advanced Tactical Anti-Crime Unit — made up of city police, Luzerne County sheriff’s deputies, state police, U.S. Marshals and FBI agents — was out in force Wednesday searching for defendants wanted on a variety of offenses.

Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie J. Salavantis did not release names of those arrested, but said in a press release that during the sweep several drug-related arrests were made and law enforcement seized more than 3 pounds of marijuana, a shotgun and several thousand dollars.

Fugitives on the lam from Chester County, Cambria County and Broome County, N.Y., were also arrested.

During the roundup, law enforcement agents focused their attention to houses along North Main, North Washington and North Hancock streets and a residence along Carey Avenue.

Those who were captured were processed in a trailer set up in front of city police headquarters.

Salavantis applauded the arrests as a victory for the newly formed unit.

“I would like to personally express my gratitude to all the federal, state and county agencies along with the Wilkes-Barre city police for all of their hard work today,” Salavantis said.

“We look forward to working with all of the departments in the continuing operation,” she said.

The Times Leader’s Ed Lewis contributed to this report.

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