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More than 75 snared in Mon Valley drug sting

| Friday, Oct. 31, 2008

Fifty people were indicted and another 26 are being sought as part of a two-and-a-half-year investigation into an extensive drug and gang network in parts of the Mon Valley, authorities said today.

More than 250 agents rounded up 32 of the suspects Thursday and search warrants were served in Braddock, North Braddock, Penn Hills, Swissvale, Turtle Creek and Squirrel Hill, said U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan.

"People have a right to feel safe in their communities and the defendants responsible for these drug operations have ruled by intimidation, violence and fear," Buchanan said. "There is going to be a lot more where this came from." Authorities are still looking for suspects and expect to file charges against an additional 50 in coming weeks, said Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr.

The operation involved numerous local, state and federal agencies, Zappala said.

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