BATH - Ten suspected drug dealers are currently behind bars after a Thursday morning drug sweep by five Steuben County police agencies.

Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker said at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday more that 50 policemen began the final phase of Operation SAFE SUMMER.

“We have 10 individuals in custody, and we are currently seeking nine others in conjunction with indictments handed up by a Steuben County Grand Jury last week,” Baker said. “If you are a drug dealer and you are from the Rochester area, go back because we are probably looking for you.”

Baker said the drug sweep is the culmination of a four-month investigation under the leadership of Bath Village Police Chief Chad Mullen and Village Investigator Colin Taft.

“Sweep operations were coordinated by District Attorney’s Investigator Walt Mackney,” Baker said. “Members of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Corning Police Department and the New York State Police actively assisted in both the investigations underlying Operation Safe Summer and the arrest raids.”

The cooperative multi-agency investigation led to 26 indictments lodged against 19 individuals for trafficking narcotics, methamphetamine and other controlled substances in the Town and Village of Bath.

During the arrest process, a BMW automobile and cocaine, much of it already packaged for sale, with a street value of more than $10,000 were seized, Baker said. Among the targets of this investigation were a number of predicate violent felons, some already on parole, and many from outside Steuben County.

“A number of these individuals come out of the Rochester area,” Mackney said.

Baker called the sweep another example of multiple law enforcement agencies coming together, pooling resources and manpower to remove dangerous drug dealers from our community.

“The goal here is to make summer safer for the people of Bath, and Steuben County by removing these threats from our community,” Baker said.

The defendants were all remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail and will appear for arraignment on felony charges ranging from the E to B level in Steuben County Court.

Mullen said additional suspects are being actively sought by law enforcement, more arrests will be made and the investigation continues.

“This was an excellent example of inter-agency cooperation” Mullen said. “All members of the Village of Bath Police Department, along with all of our Steuben County law enforcement partners, are to be commended on an outstanding job. It’s dangerous times for the drug dealers in Steuben County, I can tell you that. Police will be coming out to get you.”

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard agreed.

“If this week is an indication, we’re going to be very very busy for the foreseeable future,” Allard said.

The following people were arrested during Operation SAFE SUMMER

Frank L. McCray, 47, of 23 W. William St., Bath, was charged with three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. McCray was remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail.

Gerald D. Iverson, 48, of 97 Elba St., Rochester, was charged with four counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and four counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Iverson was remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail.

William J. Trenchard, 37, of Bath, was charged with fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Trenchard was remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail.

Gordon H. Clayson, 47, of 101 W. Washington St, Bath, was charged with fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled Substance. Clayson was remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail.

Jessica A. Austin, 34, of Holland American Hotel, Bath, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Austin was remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail.

Joseph R. Bennett Jr, 31, of 8832 State Route 415, Campbell, was charged with fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Bennett was remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail.

Carl J. McCoy, 50, of 153 Winterroth St, Rochester, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. McCoy was remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail

Zachary D. Fulkerson, 27, of 7422 Knowles Rd. Campbell, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Fulkerson was remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail.

Sean Riley, 32, of Corning, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Riley was remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail.