63 arrests made in Harrisburg by Attorney Generals office
HARRISBURG, PA- A month-long investigation into the drug trade in the capital city has netted dozens of arrests, according to the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General.
According to Attorney General Kathleen Kane, the 30-day Mobile Street Crimes Unit joint drug investigation with the Harrisburg Bureau of Police netted 63 arrests.
Those charged during the investigation face drug-related crime charges related to investigators purchasing or seizing a variety of narcotics, including heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, synthetic marijuana and prescription pills, Kane said.
Twenty-five of the people arrested were taken into police custody during a round-up the week of Dec. 14, Kane said. In addition to finding drugs, Kane said investigators seized three guns and 12 vehicles.
“This investigation should be a reminder that we are committed to returning to the areas where the Mobile Street Crimes Unit has been deployed,” Kane said in a news release. “Our continued cooperation with local authorities is critical as we all work to apprehend those who sell illegal drugs in our communities.” The investigation involved undercover work from the Harrisburg police’s vice unit and MSCU agents making controlled drug purchases, Kane said.
The Harrisburg Bureau of Police Street Crimes Unit, the Dauphin County Probation and Parole Office and the Dauphin County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the investigation.
In a news release, Harrisburg Bureau of Police Chief Tom Carter said he is appreciative of the Attorney General Office’s work in the capital city. “It is through these types of collaborative efforts that law enforcement is able to provide a safer and quieter community to its citizens. We look forward to future partnerships not only with the MSCU but the Attorney General’s office,” Carter said.
The names of those arrested in the sweep were not released due to the ongoing investigation, Kane said. Some notable arrests, according to the AG’s office, included a 48-year-old man arrested for selling 15 bags of heroin in the area of 16th and Market streets, which led to a search warrant culminating with the seizure of 741 bags of heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and $2,374 in cash.
Also, a 17-year-old male allegedly sold 10 bags of heroin to undercover agents in the 2300 block of North 6th Street, which led to a the teenager running away from police, prompting a short chase.
Agents said a 21-year-old woman allegedly sold 10 bags of heroin to investigators in the area of 13th Street and Cloverly Road, leading additional seizures of 114 bags of heroin from a home and vehicle and the arrest of other individuals.
Kane said the MSCU partnered with the Harrisburg police in 2014 during an eight-month investigation resulting in 239 arrests.