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Police Seize More Than 3,000 Bags Of Heroin And Nearly $10,000 In Cash During Lawrenceville Drug Bust – CBS Pittsburgh

Officials seized more than 3,000 bags of heroin and nearly $10,000 in cash during a drug bust in Lawrenceville.

Source: Police Seize More Than 3,000 Bags Of Heroin And Nearly $10,000 In Cash During Lawrenceville Drug Bust – CBS Pittsburgh

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Greensburg police arrest 2 men in woman’s overdose death | TribLIVE.com

Greensburg police arrested two area men Wednesday for allegedly providing a fentanyl-laced heroin dose that killed a 48-year-old woman last summer.

Julian V. Cancro, 37, of Greensburg, and Matthew T. Caughey, 46, of Youngwood, were charged with drug delivery resulting in death in connection with the Aug. 30 death of Darice R. Franke, 48.

Police were called to Cancro’s apartment on the 500 block of Highland Avenue at 4:22 a.m. Aug. 29 for a report of a woman who had overdosed. Detective Sgt. John Swank said Franke was “unresponsive” on the bathroom floor with two empty stamp bags of heroin and a hypodermic needle lying nearby.

Franke, who has lived in Greensburg and Jeannette, was taken by ambulance to Excela Health Westmoreland hospital in Greensburg where she died the next day, Swank reported.

Source: Greensburg police arrest 2 men in woman’s overdose death | TribLIVE.com

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Our view: Torn on just how to react to South Dakota’s anti-meth campaign | Grand Forks Herald

South Dakota has unveiled a new anti-methamphetamine campaign, creating shockwaves across the nation.

Source: Our view: Torn on just how to react to South Dakota’s anti-meth campaign | Grand Forks Herald

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State police arrest 5, find 14 kilos of cocaine in Pittsburgh-area bust | TribLIVE.com

An unnamed informant tipped state police about a cocaine operation in the Pittsburgh area that resulted in the arrests of five people at a parking garage in the area, according to a complaint filed in federal court.

Authorities found 14 kilogram-sized bricks of suspected cocaine in hidden compartments in the rear wheel wells of a GMC Acadia SUV they searched, according to FBI Agent Darcos Cruz, who is assigned to the state police task force.

The exact location of the Wednesday bust wasn’t detailed in court records.

Source: State police arrest 5, find 14 kilos of cocaine in Pittsburgh-area bust | TribLIVE.com

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Weirton PD arrest two for drug activity | WTRF

According to Weirton PD, police arrested Katie A. Smith, 44, after Weirton PD executed a search warrant at North 12th St.

Police say they were able to find a small amount of methamphetamine and items indicative of the distribution of illegal controlled substances.

Smith was arrested for distribution of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute, and possession of a controlled substance.

Also, at the residence was Gary Swiger, 34, who was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance.

Source: Weirton PD arrest two for drug activity | WTRF

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Two charged after making drug delivery in Somerset Borough | WTAJ – www.wearecentralpa.com

SOMERSET BOROUGH, Pa. (WTAJ) — Two people have been charged after making illegal drug deliveries in Somerset Borough November 15.

Police say they were called to assist the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics Investigations in the investigation of a car that was traveling into Somerset Borough to make an illegal drug delivery.

According to police, officers saw the vehicle stopped at the Laundry Arena on Plank Road and they obtained surveillance, which showed a drug delivery.

A K9 officer from the City of Johnstown was called in for a full search and found drug paraphernalia, cash, and 6.3 grams of methamphetamine, police say.

The vehicle’s driver, Stephen Andrew Walter, 50, of Stoystown, and the passenger, Paige Elizabeth Beal, 23, of Meyersdale, are being charged with Prohibited Acts Controlled Substance/Possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Beal was placed in the Somserset County Jail on a $50,000 secured bond and Walter was placed in the Somerset County Jail on a $75,000 secured bond.

Source: Two charged after making drug delivery in Somerset Borough | WTAJ – www.wearecentralpa.com

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Man Arrested For Possessing Large Amount Of Marijuana And Crack Cocaine During Traffic Stop – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A man is facing several charges after police found a large amount of marijuana, crack cocaine, and a loaded weapon during a traffic stop in Bellevue.

Police pulled over Christian Nichols and Amanda Berry on California Avenue and during the process of the traffic stop, police say the two made furtive movements in an effort to hide items in the center console.

Source: Man Arrested For Possessing Large Amount Of Marijuana And Crack Cocaine During Traffic Stop – CBS Pittsburgh

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Man Runs From Cops, Throws Weed Into The Woods – CBS Pittsburgh

PENN HILLS (KDKA) — A 27-year-old man was arrested yesterday after fleeing police and attempting to throw away a bag of marijuana.

Penn Hills Police originally tried to stop Davaughn Jones for not using his turn signal while turning into the Penn Hills Shopping Center from Rodi Road.

The report from an officer states that he was in a marked police car and uniform during the incident and that the Jones was looking at him through the rear view mirror. Another patrol car also pursued Jones after he sped away from the first officer on Universal Road.

Jones then got out of his car on Collins Drive and ran from the Penn Hill officers, which was when he threw a “large bag” of marijuana in a wooded creek bed.

The officers were able to catch up with Jones and arrested him. They found then that Jones had a small bag of cocaine in his possession.

Jones had a warrant for a probation violation for robbery.

Source: Man Runs From Cops, Throws Weed Into The Woods – CBS Pittsburgh

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PA DRUG LACED CANDY: THC-laced candy found in Pa. has police warning parents ahead of Halloween | WPXI

THC-laced candy found in Pennsylvania has police in Johnstown warning parents to check their children’s Halloween candy.

Source: PA DRUG LACED CANDY: THC-laced candy found in Pa. has police warning parents ahead of Halloween | WPXI

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2 Men Arrested In Large Beaver Co. Marijuana Growing Operation – CBS Pittsburgh

 

 

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) – Two men have been arrested after police busted a large outdoor marijuana growing operation.

The Franklin Township Police Department shared photos on Facebook of the marijuana seized by them, the Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics and North Sewickley Police Department.

The post says they made a very “sizable” seizure of marijuana.

As of right now, two men have been arrested.

The investigation continues.

Source: 2 Men Arrested In Large Beaver Co. Marijuana Growing Operation – CBS Pittsburgh

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3 Arrested in Illegal Drug Activity Bust | WJAC

State police in Somerset County say 3 people were arrested this afternoon after receiving credible information of drug activity in a house along Kennedy Road in Quemahoning Township.

According to state police, troopers executed a search warrant and found drug paraphernalia and a stolen dirt bike.

The suspects include a 52-year-old man from Stoystown, a 39-year-old man from Friedens, and a 30-year-old woman from Friedens.

In a release, state police say the drug paraphernalia and the stolen dirt bike were taken as evidence.

Source: 3 Arrested in Illegal Drug Activity Bust | WJAC

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10 people died of overdoses within 26 hours in one Ohio county – CNN

(CNN)One Ohio county had an “unusually high number” of overdose deaths in a little over a day, the county’s coroner said.

“As of about 10 am this morning we have had 10 people die of overdoses in about 26 hours,” Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz said on Facebook Sunday.
“I urge friends and family of those who use to make sure you are armed with naloxone,” Ortiz said on Facebook. “Those who use should also test before using with fentanyl testing strips.”
Fentanyl can be mixed with cocaine and methamphetamine to create a deadly combination, the coroner said.
The last peak of overdoses that the coroner’s office posted about was in August 12, when six people died in less than 24 hours.
“The majority of overdose deaths continue to be fentanyl related,” the coroner said in the statement.

Source: 10 people died of overdoses within 26 hours in one Ohio county – CNN

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SOUTH SIDE OVERDOSE: 3 men found dead after drug overdoses on Pittsburgh’s South Side identified | WPXI

 

PITTSBURGH – Authorities have identified the three men who died from overdoses at a South Side apartment early Sunday morning.

According to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office, these are the names of the victims who died:



  • Joel Pecina, 32
  • Josue Serrano, 38
  • Rubiel Clemente-Martinez, 32

Each man was pronounced dead by the medical examiner’s office before 6 a.m. Sunday. Four others are in the hospital after being found.

Source: SOUTH SIDE OVERDOSE: 3 men found dead after drug overdoses on Pittsburgh’s South Side identified | WPXI

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Tests show bootleg marijuana vapes tainted with hydrogen cyanide

NBC News commissioned laboratory tests of knock-off marijuana vapes that found a pesticide linked to hydrogen cyanide in 10 out 10 products.

Source: Tests show bootleg marijuana vapes tainted with hydrogen cyanide

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Standoff ends in Jeannette, man in custody | TribLIVE.com

 

One person was taken into custody Thursday after a brief standoff when Jeannette police and agents from the state Attorney General’s Office attempted to serve an arrest warrant, police said.

Police searched and found two guns, heroin, cocaine and about $800, Binda said. The man’s identity was not released.

Source: Standoff ends in Jeannette, man in custody | TribLIVE.com

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Pa. Governor Tom Wolf Supports Legalizing Marijuana – CBS Pittsburgh

HARRISBURG, Pa. (APKDKA) – Gov. Tom Wolf says he is now in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Pennsylvania, and is asking lawmakers to consider it.

Wolf’s announcement Wednesday advances his position from last December, when he signaled that he was open to taking a look at it as it gathered popularity and momentum, particularly in bordering states. Before last winter, he had dismissed the idea.

Wolf, a Democrat, made the announcement while releasing a report from Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s statewide listening tour on legalizing marijuana.

Wolf has long supported decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana, although the Legislature hasn’t passed legislation to that effect, and he signed legislation in 2016 creating Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program.

Source: Pa. Governor Tom Wolf Supports Legalizing Marijuana – CBS Pittsburgh

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6 Drug-Impaired Drivers Arrested After State Police DUI Checkpoint – CBS Pittsburgh

Six people were arrested after a Pennsylvania State Police DUI checkpoint.

Source: 6 Drug-Impaired Drivers Arrested After State Police DUI Checkpoint – CBS Pittsburgh

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Police: Foot chase to Jeannette home leads to drug bust | TribLIVE.com

Damone Akeir Morton, 24, was being held in the Westmoreland County Prison on $20,000 bail on charges of aggravated assault, drug possession, resisting arrest and related offenses.

Source: Police: Foot chase to Jeannette home leads to drug bust | TribLIVE.com

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Police: Drugs, guns seized in raids at 2 Jeannette homes | TribLIVE.com

Charges were filed Friday against five adults in connection with the raids on Pine and Good streets. Officials said a 16-year-old boy also is facing charges.

Arrested at the Pine Street home were Stefon Wilson, 21, of Pittsburgh; Takeya Shantail Woods, 24, of Jeannette; Maurice Patrick Williams, 24, of Jeannette; Jonah M. Raymaley, 28, of Penn Township; and the teen.

Source: Police: Drugs, guns seized in raids at 2 Jeannette homes | TribLIVE.com

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At least 16 states reject settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma

Purdue has reached a tentative multi-billion-dollar settlement with at least 27 states and territories. But 16 states told NBC News they said no.

Source: At least 16 states reject settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma

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Man arrested on federal drug charges in connection with death of Mac Miller

Prosecutors say counterfeit oxycodone pills with fentanyl were sold to Malcolm McCormick, a.k.a. Mac Miller.

Source: Man arrested on federal drug charges in connection with death of Mac Miller

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W&J BODY: Woman’s body found in port-a-potty on campus of Washington & Jefferson | WPXI

A woman’s body was found by a construction worker in a port-a-potty on the campus of Washington & Jefferson College Tuesday.

.The Washington County coroner released a statement, saying the woman was from Hermitage and died of a drug overdose.

Source: W&J BODY: Woman’s body found in port-a-potty on campus of Washington & Jefferson | WPXI

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BENTON AVE BUST: Three charged after large amount of drugs, cash seized from home | WPXI

Pittsburgh police arrested three people accused of drug trafficking out of a home in Brighton Heights.

Dion Anderson, 32, Raymond Moon, 30, and Raynell Moon, 30, were arrested Friday after police executed a search warrant at the home on Benton Avenue.

Source: BENTON AVE BUST: Three charged after large amount of drugs, cash seized from home | WPXI

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Many Teens Are Using Ultra-Potent ‘Marijuana Concentrates’ | Live Science

The study, published today (Aug. 26) in the journal Pediatrics, analyzed data from nearly 50,000 eighth, 10th and 12th graders in Arizona. The researchers found that one-third of participants said they had used marijuana, and nearly a quarter said they had used marijuana concentrates at least once in their lives.

Marijuana concentrates are substances with very high levels of THC(tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient in marijuana responsible for the drug’s intoxicating effects. Sometimes known as “butane hash oil,” “dab,” “wax,” “crumble” or “shatter,” these concentrates typically contain three times more THC than does the dried marijuana flower.

Source: Many Teens Are Using Ultra-Potent ‘Marijuana Concentrates’ | Live Science

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Jeannette couple accused in apparent plot to get drugs into Westmoreland County Prison | TribLIVE.com

Maria Harshey, 43, is accused of leaving drugs in the bathroom of the Jeannette district court office for her boyfriend Adam Brandonio, 45, to take back to the jail with him after a hearing, according to investigators.

Harshey and Brandonio were charged Thursday with contraband, conspiracy, drug possession and related offenses.

Source: Jeannette couple accused in apparent plot to get drugs into Westmoreland County Prison | TribLIVE.com

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$1 million worth of cocaine found in banana box shipments at Washington Safeway stores, police say

Authorities in Washington state have opened an investigation after employees at three Safeway stores reported finding more than $1 million worth of cocaine hidden in boxes of bananas.

Source: $1 million worth of cocaine found in banana box shipments at Washington Safeway stores, police say

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McKeesport man convicted in Westmoreland heroin ring wants new trial | TribLIVE.com

An Allegheny County man serving up to 23 years in prison for his role in a drug distribution ring that operated in central Westmoreland County through 2012 contends he was a victim of a botched defense.

The new lawyer for Dominick Haynes, 32, of McKeesport, during a hearing Wednesday, contended his client should have a new trial because no effort was made to present witnesses who would have convinced jurors he was not involved with the operation in which about 20 people were charged and convicted for their involvement in selling heroin in the Greensburg, Mt. Pleasant and Latrobe areas.

Westmoreland County prosecutors contend there is no basis for the appeal.

Source: McKeesport man convicted in Westmoreland heroin ring wants new trial | TribLIVE.com

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Drug bust: Nearly 4 tons of marijuana found in shipment of jalapeño peppers in San Diego – CBS News

Nearly 4 tons of the drug was found among the peppers at the Otay Mesa cargo facility in San Diego on Thursday

CBP news release said officers discovered more than 7,500 pounds — nearly 4 tons — of marijuana in the peppers’ pallets.

The release mentioned CBP found a “37-year-old male Mexican citizen entered the port of entry driving a tractor pulling a trailer with cargo manifested as jalapeño peppers.”

Source: Drug bust: Nearly 4 tons of marijuana found in shipment of jalapeño peppers in San Diego – CBS News

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6 Philadelphia police officers shot; suspect surrenders after hourslong standoff

A gunman surrendered early Thursday morning following a standoff with Philadelphia police that lasted more than seven hours leaving six officers shot and three others injured.

Source: 6 Philadelphia police officers shot; suspect surrenders after hourslong standoff

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CDC: Overdose deaths now higher in cities than rural areas | TheHill

Drug overdose deaths in the U.S. are now higher in cities after years of being more common in rural areas, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Friday.

The CDC says overdose rates for urban areas surpassed rural areas in 2016 and 2017, though not by much.

The CDC found that in 2017, there were 22 overdose deaths out of every 100,000 people in urban areas. In rural areas, there were 20 overdose deaths per 100,000 people.

Source: CDC: Overdose deaths now higher in cities than rural areas | TheHill