Ten people suspected of drug trafficking were recently arrested by Pittsburgh police at the conclusion of a two-month undercover investigation, area newspapers reported.
According to police, undercover officers reportedly purchased both heroin and crack cocaine from residents of Zone 2 (an area that includes the Downtown, Middle Hill, Upper Hill, Central Lawrenceville and Upper Lawrenceville areas) or people who came into the area to distribute drugs.
A Pittsburgh Bureau of Police spokesperson said that last week, police got arrest warrants for 10 people suspected of drug trafficking and search warrants for five suspected drug houses. Last Friday, the warrants were executed, the spokesperson said.
Five of those arrested are 18 years old; two are 22 years old; one is 20 and the age of the tenth suspect was not listed. One man, 19, is still being sought by law enforcement officials.
The suspects were charged with intent to deliver a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. One man also faces a weapons violation, the spokesperson said.
Police said that as they made the arrests and searched the residences in Hill District, Sugar Top and North Side, they found and seized $4,000 in cash, bricks of heroin, a semi-automatic firearm and drug packaging supplies.
In an unrelated incident, a 25-year-old Pennsylvania man was arrested last week after allegedly selling cocaine to an undercover police officer in the bathroom of a bar.
The Lansdale man faces a long list of charges: felony possession with intent to distribute, felony distribution and sales of a non-controlled substance as a controlled substance, possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and receipt in commerce.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "10 arrested, 1 at large following undercover drug investigation," Feb. 18, 2013
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