Union Township police executed search warrants at the Piccadilly Apartments about 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Police said 39 people had been secretly indicted on 131 charges stemming from a three-month investigation into the sale and use of drugs, generally heroin.
Collectively, the suspects were charged with 131 counts of drug trafficking, permitting drug abuse and drug possession.
As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, 15 of the 39 people indicted were arrested.
The names of those arrested, indicted and wanted have not yet been released.
Some neighbors say the drug problem is so out of control at the apartment complex that they’ve seen people smoking crack in the laundry room and others shooting up heroin in the hallways.
“This place is nothing more than drug heaven,” resident Brijette Conley said. “My kids can’t even go back here and play at all. There’s needles and crack pipes everywhere. It’s disgusting. They need to tear this place down.”
Police said they will spend the next 24-48 hours going after the rest.
Similar investigations took place at the complex in 2008 and 2013.
The problem, police said, was that the complex is no longer owned by one entity.
“So now it’s evolved into single-owner buildings that are oftentimes absentee landlords. Oftentimes they don’t care about the condition of their property or the person they rent to and that’s how what happened today occurs,” Lt. Scott Gaviglia said.
Police say in addition to crackdowns, the township is working on a permanent solution to the drug problem.
“On top of the daily law enforcement interaction that occurs back here, the township is buying the blighted properties and condemning those properties. Also working with the homeowner groups that do care back here and are trying to make this a great place to live,” Gaviglia said