Extensive North Side drug investigation nets 38 arrests, $40K in cash, $73K in drugs



PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Narcotics Investigation Unit began a long-term investigation of the North Side in August 2012 with the intention of cutting down illegal drug trafficking.

On Monday, police announced that the 10-month-long investigation resulted in 38 arrests and the confiscation of more than $73,000 in illegal narcotics, nearly $68,000 of which was heroine. Detectives also seized more than $40,000 in U.S. currency.

“I think that's a good start and I hope they continue to do that because I'm sure every area in the city has an issue with drugs, we're not alone, of course,” said Bruce Klein, who owns a business on East Ohio Street.

Authorities credited citizen complaints, surveillance footage and simple street arrests in aiding their investigation.

Detectives said they were able to develop confidential informants throughout their investigation who provided valuable information and assistance.

“It definitely makes a dent because they're street-level dealers and this is what everyday people see when they're coming and going throughout the neighborhood. That's one reason we should be able to see a difference,” said Klein.

The Narcotics Investigation Unit said their investigation of illegal drug activity throughout the city of Pittsburgh remains ongoing.