Many of the alleged dealers had prior convictions for a variety of crimes including assault, auto theft, armed robbery and burglary. Eight of the suspects have been arrested more than 25 times, according to the release.

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Seattle police arrested 20 alleged drug dealers this week who were identified through a three-month undercover operation along University Way.

Officers began investigating open-air drug deals in the University District in June after residents and businesses expressed concern about safety, according to a news release from the Seattle Police Department.

Undercover officers and witnesses helped identify 24 suspected dealers. During the case, police purchased methamphetamine 14 times, cocaine four times, heroin, pills and fake drugs on one occasion, police said. Detectives also purchased marijuana 10 times from dealers, none of whom appear to have the proper licenses or permits.

As of Wednesday, 20 of the 24 suspected dealers had been arrested and booked into the King County Jail. Officers are still looking for the remaining suspects, police said.

Many of the alleged dealers had prior convictions for a variety of crimes including assault, auto theft, armed robbery and burglary. Eight of the suspects have been arrested more than 25 times, according to the release.

Seattle police are working with the Seattle Department of Transportation and the community to make safety improvements on University Way, including limiting access to alleys and alcoves often used by dealers.