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Police round up dozens of low-level drug suspects around Coraopolis

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Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, 1:21 p.m.

Police arrested more than 70 people in drug busts in and around Coraopolis early on Monday and are searching for about a dozen more.

Allegheny County narcotics detectives and Coraopolis police began rounding up suspects in their homes and on the streets about 6 a.m. for illegal drug sales, county police Superintendent Charles Moffatt said.

Warrants were issued for 85 individuals after a seven-month investigation, which began when Coraopolis police Chief Alan DeRusso contacted county police to set up an operation because of complaints from the public about drug sales.

Undercover police purchased drugs including marijuana, prescription medication, crack cocaine and heroin, as well as a firearm, Moffatt said.

Most of the purchases took place in Coraopolis, but some were in Leetsdale, Stowe and McKees Rocks, Moffatt said.

The suspects do not appear to have been part of a connected drug ring, he said.

“We're still investigating, but right now, we have nothing to connect them together for a conspiracy,” he said.

Investigators seized an assault rifle and a handgun during the roundup, police said.

Tory N. Parrish is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-5662 or

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