Yearlong Pa. drug sweep leads to numerous arrests

January 20, 2011

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Authorities in Pennsylvania concluded a yearlong narcotics investigation Thursday morning after obtaining 35 arrest warrants, Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release.

The investigation, which was centered in Franklin County, targeted alleged street-level drug dealers from Franklin, Fulton, Adams, Cumberland and Dauphin counties in Pennsylvania and Hagerstown in Maryland, state police said.

Cocaine, heroin, marijuana and different prescription pills were among the drugs that allegedly were sold.

"We do sweeps periodically like this," Franklin County District Attorney Matt Fogal said in a telephone interview Thursday night.

Troopers said the investigation involved state police, the Franklin County Drug Task Force, the Franklin County Sheriff's Department, the Chambersburg Borough Police Department, the Waynesboro Borough Police Department, the Washington Township Police Department, the Greencastle Borough Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service.

The Franklin County Drug Task Force and Pennsylvania State Police's vice unit always share information and intelligence with agencies outside the county, Fogal said.

"That cooperation is very important. Criminals don't stay in just one county," he said.

People who were taken into custody were being arraigned on Thursday at various magisterial district judge offices in Franklin County, the news release said.

Troopers said they also made an arrest on a prostitution charge at the Evergreen Spa at 1404 Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg in connection with the drug investigation.

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