Drug investigations in two states yield more than 80 arrests
Police arrested 43 people in a 10-month investigation into street-level drug dealing in Carrick, while 39 other people, including four from Allegheny and Beaver counties, were charged with drug trafficking in northern West Virginia, authorities said on Thursday.
Authorities are seeking 11 other people in the Carrick investigation, which resulted in officers seizing $66,540 worth of heroin, $13,560 worth of crack cocaine and $2,200 worth of other drugs, including painkillers, marijuana and hashish, Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard said.
Narcotics detectives also seized $11,589 in cash, she said.
The investigation began last April and continued through February, Richard said.
Detectives were planning a news conference on Friday morning to release more details about the roundup, which they hope makes a significant impact on illegal drug trafficking in Carrick, Richard said.
A Beaver County man — Malik Alonso “Blake” Ware, 30, of New Brighton — faces federal drug trafficking charges as a result of the investigation into the delivery of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine in the Weirton and Wheeling areas, prosecutors in West Virginia said.
Dwayne Whitaker, 25, of McKees Rocks and two Beaver County residents — Joshua Ryan Ayers, 23, of Aliquippa and Amanda M. Mackall, 20, of Georgetown — face state charges as a result of the same investigation, prosecutors said.
All four remain at large, prosecutors said.
Hancock County, W.Va., prosecutor Jim Davis said the county borders Ohio and Pennsylvania, making “the transport of controlled substances relatively easy from Pittsburgh, Youngstown, Columbus, Cleveland, Detroit and even the New Jersey area.”
In a separate case, Pennsylvania Attorney General's narcotics agents arrested a former Cleveland man, Michael T. “Magic” Scott, 37, inside the house he rents in the Westmoreland County community of Arnold. The arrest was part of an investigation into drug trafficking in the Alle-Kiski Valley.
Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Staff writer Chuck Biedka contributed to this report.
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