State police roundup nets alleged drug dealers
Nearly a dozen suspects rounded up by state police as part of a new state Weed and Seed Program are being processed through the courts.
Several suspects will stand trial on drug and other charges; others pleaded guilty to various offenses.
The Weed and Seed initiative, publicly announced after a May 18 drug sweep by state police, includes police crackdowns on drug activity and grants, or seed money, to make neighborhood improvements that residents ask for themselves.
The program will pay for about 1,000 hours of overtime for additional police patrols.
'The saturation of uniform patrols have begun under the coordination efforts of McKeesport police Deputy Chief Mark Holtzman,' said Carl J. Anderson, director of the state Weed and Seed program through the lieutenant governor's office and the Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
'This is a locally driven program that can bring in about $2 million in initiatives spawned by the program,' Anderson said.
A meeting of key community leaders is being organized for the end of June during which a sampling of 'seed' programs will be reviewed to help come up with a plan for revitalization. Shirley Booker, based in the McKeesport Municipal Building, is coordinating these efforts. McKeesport is the first western Pennsylvania recipient of the state program,
A number of the suspects rounded up during the drug sweep are facing court dates and fines. These cases were heard Thursday before McKeesport District Justice Thomas Brletic:
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