The seizure of 22 pounds of methamphetamine — worth hundreds of thousands of dollars on the street — did not attract local publicity when it occurred in November in Arizona, but it signaled the success of a cooperative initiative that has just received regional acclaim, Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll said Monday.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Pennsylvania Narcotics Officers Association, and the Citizens' Crime Commission of Delaware Valley have all recognized the efforts, which led to 30 arrests, Carroll said. He said the credit goes to a consortium of local, state and federal law enforcement formed in May 2008 when Chester County, in association with the Philadelphia/Camden High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), formed the Chester County District Attorney's Office HIDTA.

The program, which receives federal funding and aims to combat illegal drug trafficking, includes officers from the West Chester, Coatesville, Kennett Square and East Whiteland Police Departments, Pennsylvania State Police, Office of the Attorney General, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Chester County Detectives Office, Carroll said.

— Kathleen Brady Shea