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Pennsylvania police arrest 18 in drug trafficking investigation

Joint investigations conducted by law enforcement can bring down serious charges to a large number of people. In such investigations, Pennsylvania law enforcement agents will use a wide range of techniques to secure the evidence they need to execute search and arrest warrants on those they suspect are involved in drug trafficking. In a recent investigation, 18 individuals have been arrested who police claim were part of a violent gang that distributed heroin in the Wilkinsburg area.

Police began their investigation after a series of homicides had occurred in the area that were believed to have been drug related. Police used wiretaps and undercover officers to infiltrate the alleged drug ring. After enough evidence was gathered to support a search warrant, police raided undisclosed areas where the drug activity was alleged to have transpired.

As a result of the search, police claim to have seized 13,500 bags of heroin that had been packaged individually for sale on the streets. The search is also alleged to have resulted in the seizure of several firearms and $100,000 in cash. The 18 taken into custody have remained in jail and it is unclear what charges each one faces.

Large scale drug trafficking investigations can greatly assist in the reduction of crime in certain areas by taking drug dealers off the streets. However, just because an individual is taken into custody on criminal charges does not make them guilty. In such large scale arrests, some individuals may merely have been caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. If this is the case, an investigation into the evidence that is claimed to support the arrests may exonerate certain individuals from the serious offenses that have been brought against them by Pennsylvania prosecutors.

Source:, Drug Bust in Wilkinsburg Nets 18 Arrests and 13,500 Bags of Heroin, Mark Nootbaar, Aug. 29, 2013

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