Year-long drug investigation nets 43 arrests, almost $100K

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A year-long drug investigation in Carrick by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Narcotics Investigations Unit took nearly $100,000 off the streets and resulted in several dozen arrests.

Detectives used citizen complaints, surveillance and simple street arrests to assist in making undercover purchases from suspected drug dealers.

“We would get tips on a regular basis and making some arrests up there was able to snowball into a bigger investigation,” Pittsburgh police Lt. Robert Roth said.

The investigation began in April 2012 and has resulted in 43 drug-related arrests, with several arrests still pending.

Through their work, narcotics detectives seized more than $79,000 worth of drugs including cocaine, Percocet, marijuana and hashish. More than $11,000 in cash was also seized throughout the investigation.

“Hopefully with all the arrests we have made here, that will make people realize that when they call something, we’ll get it done,” Roth said.

Carrick residents said they’re happy with the arrests, but more work can still be done.

“I guess police are doing their best, but I think criminals are getting smarter,” Carrick resident Frank Meade said.

Authorities told Channel 11’s Dave Bondy that they’re not done making arrests, and they’re going to continue to make drug busts throughout the city.