Police cite Carrick residents' help in drug bust
By Jason Cato
Published: Friday, April 5, 2013, 11:46 p.m.
Residents in a hilltop neighborhood called for help in stamping out a rampant drug problem, and Pittsburgh police said they have answered.
City police arrested 43 people for drug crimes in Carrick during a 10-month investigation announced this week. Police seized drugs and cash totaling more than $100,000.
Police credit complaints by residents in the neighborhood, which borders the South Hills suburbs.
“It snowballed from there,” said Lt. Robert Roth. “The community actually called quite a few times to give tips.”
Carrick residents started a block-watch group to reduce crime more than a year ago, said City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, whose district includes the neighborhood. She said many of the complaints came from block-watch members emboldened to take action.
“They are so tired of drug-dealing in their neighborhood, and so am I.” Rudiak said.
More than 20 million people participate in community watch groups nationwide, said Michelle Boykins, a spokeswoman for the National Crime Prevention Council in Alexandria, Va.
The Carrick arrests should boost morale and continue community cooperation with police, Boykins said.
“What it does for the community is show them the value in getting involved in helping law enforcement,” she said. “It shows people that if you do take action and get involved, you can take back your community.”
The drugs seized in Carrick ranged from heroin and crack cocaine to prescription narcotics and synthetic marijuana. Similar investigations are under way in other city neighborhoods, Roth said, but wouldn't elaborate.
Those arrested were from 12 city neighborhoods and 10 other municipalities — mostly South Hills suburbs — and one suspect was from Farmington, Fayette County.
Roth said most of the drug suspects weren't working together.
Rudiak said she would like to see the arrests have a lasting impact.
“Hopefully, there are some dots than can be connected to create a larger case,” she said.
Police said the scattered drug activity made it difficult to identify a main supplier, and they are unsure how the arrests will impact drug-dealing longterm in Carrick.
“One way we can gauge and see if this is successful is by the number of complaints we get in the future,” said assistant police Chief George Trosky.
Jason Cato is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7936 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Landmark former school in Pittsburgh’s Hill District to incubate startups
- Democrats consider Pittsburgh for 2016 national convention
- Pope Francis inspires incredible optimism
- Post 9/11 veterans lend skills to community leadership course
- Newsmaker: Leah Pileggi
- Trial begins in Steelers stabbing
- 4-car crash near Fox Chapel snarls Route 28 traffic
- Wuerl tells faithful all Catholics are responsible for schools