- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle police have arrested 20 of 24 people they say are drug dealers identified over a three-month undercover investigation.

Police said in a news release they started investigating drug transactions in the University District area after residents and business owners expressed concerns.

During the operation, police bought methamphetamine 14 times, cocaine four times, heroin, pills and fake drugs. They also bought marijuana from dealers they say did not appear to have proper licenses or permits.

Police say many of those arrested had prior convictions for crimes including assault, armed robbery, auto theft and burglary. Eight suspects have been arrested more than 25 times.

Police are also increasing bike patrols and working with community members and other groups to enhance outreach to those living on the streets.

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