32 People Arrested In Pennsylvania Meth Ring Operation

Evidence from Blair county
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By NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

ALTOONA (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Thursday that 32 people were arrested for the sale and distribution of methamphetamines in Blair County, Pennsylvania.

The arrests were part of a year-long grand jury investigation into a drug trafficking network that went from Philadelphia to Blair counties.

“Blair County and much of rural Pennsylvania is suffering under the drug crisis being fueled by organizations like those taken down today,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro said on Thursday. “These individuals sold thousands of dollars in addictive, life-altering drugs, sometimes in the presence of children. They did not consider how their actions would ravage the lives of their loved ones, their neighborhoods, communities like Altoona, Hollidaysburg, and East Freedom, and families all across Pennsylvania.”

Of the 32 arrested, 17 were a result of the grand jury investigation, including the Philadelphia sources of methamphetamine and upper and mid-level dealers in Blair’s County.

The other 15 arrests are allegedly connected to the larger drug organization.

Meth is on the rise here in PA, and we’re primarily dealing with high-grade crystal methamphetamine – imported from professionalized manufacturers…My Office seized over 140,000 doses in the past year alone.

— AG Josh Shapiro (@PAAttorneyGen) February 6, 2020

Arrests made today are the culmination of hard work and law enforcement cooperation.We were able to identify the suppliers, distributors, and dealers who made up this insidious criminal organization -- and take them down.No longer will they push poison into our communities.

— AG Josh Shapiro (@PAAttorneyGen) February 6, 2020

 

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