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Drugs found in 3 raids across Pittsburgh; 5 arrested

| Saturday, April 10, 2010, 12:00 p.m.

Pittsburgh police said Friday officers recovered several weapons and more than $37,000 worth of illegal narcotics during unrelated drug raids at homes in West View and Mt. Oliver.

A substantial amount of cocaine was recovered last night during the search of a third home in Lawrenceville. Two men, whose names were not available, were arrested and an 18-month-old was taken to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and workers from the Allegheny County Division of Children, Youth and Families notified, city police said.

A shotgun, a .357 Magnum revolver and a stolen automatic pistol, as well as crack and powdered cocaine and nearly $19,000 in cash were recovered in a raid Thursday night at a home in Mt. Oliver by narcotics detectives, borough police and the South Hills Area Council of Governments Critical Incident Response Team, police spokeswoman Diane Richard said.

Todd Detwiler, 24, who lives at the home, was arrested on drug and weapons charges, including possession with intent to deliver narcotics, receiving stolen property and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, Richard said. He was arraigned and jailed to await a preliminary hearing.

Detwiler's brother, Brandon Detwiler, 22, who also lives at the home, was charged with possessing a small amount of marijuana, she said.

A stolen handgun, several pounds of marijuana and more than $4,000 in cash were recovered in a raid at a West View home on Thursday, Richard said. Borough police assisted city detectives.

Anthony Swidorsky, 22, who lives there, was arraigned and jailed on drug charges and receiving stolen property, Richard said.

Narcotics detectives said the estimated street value of the narcotics recovered in both raids is $37,330, including cocaine, marijuana, oxycodone, Endocet, hydrocodone and Ecstasy pills.

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