A large crackdown in Blair County on Dec. 22 resulted in the arrests of 14 individuals, all of whom are suspected drug dealers. Pennsylvania authorities conducted a sweep that saw them accuse all 14 individuals of drug crimes, as well as charging three additional people. The massive sweep was the result of a joint operation between various law enforcement agencies on the local and state level.
The sweep was the culmination of a year-long investigation that brought together a wide variety of law enforcement specialists, many of them undercover officers. Specific details of the operation have not yet been made fully transparent. However, it has been confirmed that in the months leading up to the sweep, agents made a series of controlled buys and undercover purchases to help ferret out existing drug dealers.
All 14 individuals arrested have been charged with a variety of drug crimes charges, including possession and delivery of such varied drugs as cocaine, heroin, oxycodone and much more. The Attorney General's office has reported that this was a massive effort to target mid- to high-level drug dealers across the state but specifically operating in Blair County. So far, no court dates for anyone involved have yet been confirmed.
A drug crimes crackdown of this magnitude is a massive undertaking for Pennsylvania law enforcement. Coordinating the resources required for a year-long investigation can sometimes result in due process not always being followed to the letter as the law requires. Prosecutors will have to prove guilt in 14 separate cases, which means the counsel for each defendant will likely pay careful attention to the minutiae of each case to identify issues subject to legal challenge before the court.
Source: wearecentralpa.com, "14 Suspected Drug Dealers Arrested in Blair County", Dec. 22, 2014