50 Arrests Made In Drug Operation

August 29, 2018

WILKES-BARRE — A five-month effort to combat drug trafficking in the region resulted in more than 50 arrests and $535,000 worth of drugs being seized, according to the state Attorney General’s Office. The deployment of the strategic response team to Luzerne and Lackawanna counties between March and August got more than 44 pounds of heroin, fentanyl, crystal methamphetamine, cocaine and other drugs off the streets, prosecutors said. The value of the heroin and fentanyl alone was nearly $300,000. The effort also led to 14 illegal guns and two vehicles being seized, prosecutors said. “The people of Lackawanna and Luzerne counties are fed up with this heroin and opioid epidemic. We hear you, and we’re taking action,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a statement. — JAMES HALPIN

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