Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Cops went trick or treating in the Valley, up to 50 arrested

When you answer a knock at the door on Hallowe'en you might expect to find a scary ghost, a pirate, a fairy princess, or even a Willy Wonka. For about 50 drug dealers in the Alle-Kiski Valley, the experience was a genuine surprise as they found police with warrants waiting at the door.

Chuck Biedka quotes Harrison Police Chief Mike Klein as saying, "This time we did the tricking."

Hallowe'en was a busy day in the Valley for local police departments working with the State Bureau of Narcotics Investigation. Two local news stories have different statistics of how many were arrested, but it seems that the total might be close to 50 which is the total number of warrants issued.

Mike Bucsko reports that the arrests will result in eviction notices for 8 residents of Sheldon Park, an Allegheny Housing Authority community.

This is good news for the local communities, especially if this interruption of the drug trade can be used to help people find a better path.

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