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Pa. man charged in heroin seizure

August 05, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Hundreds of heroin packets shown here were seized from a residence in Lurgan Township in Franklin County, Pa.
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ORRSTOWN, Pa. — In what officials are calling the second-largest heroin bust in Franklin County, Pa., history, more than 1,100 bags of heroin were seized at a property in Lurgan Township last week.

Brent Eugene Salmon, 30, of Tanyard Hill Road, was charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a news release from the Franklin County Drug Task Force.

Authorities are continuing to investigate and additional arrests are anticipated, District Attorney Matt Fogal said in an email.

Investigators allege Salmon was traveling to Philadelphia several times a week to obtain large quantities of heroin to redistribute in the Orrstown and Chambersburg, Pa., areas.

A total of 1,148 bags were seized at the Lurgan Township property, officials said.

Each bag of heroin has a street value of $10 in the Philadelphia area and $20 to $30 in southcentral Pennsylvania, the news release stated.

Salmon was being held Monday in Franklin County Jail on $75,000 bail. His preliminary hearing was scheduled for Aug. 13 at 1 p.m.

Pennsylvania State Police Vice Unit troopers participated in the investigation, as did the district attorney’s office, county sheriff’s office and Chambersburg Police Department.

“I am very proud of the efforts of all cooperating agencies who constantly work together to rid our county of this deadly poison,” Fogal said.

In 2009, three people were criminally charged when authorities seized more than 1,230 bags of heroin in Waynesboro, Pa., according to published reports.

Former District Attorney John F. Nelson formed the drug task force in 1988. Prior to the Waynesboro case, the largest heroin bust involving the drug task force was in August 2000, when 120 bags were found in a vehicle.

To submit information to the drug task force, call 800-344-3127, go to www.drugtaskforce.org or send an email to tips@drugtaskforce.org.

Task force officials said the information is kept confidential and information may be presented anonymously.

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