Massive drug roundup in Washington Co. nets more than 50 arrests (MUGSHOTS)



WASHINGTON, Pa. - Washington County District Attorney Eugene Vittone announced that authorities served more than 80 warrants on Wednesday. 

According to Vittone, the majority of these warrants were felony charges related to the use and trafficking of dangerous drugs.  A total of 55 people were arrested, and officials served more than 80 warrants.

"(It's the) largest I've ever seen in terms of number of arrest warrants and people brought in at the same time,” Vittone said.

The warrants are the result of undercover work by the Washington County District Attorney Drug Task Force and the Pennsylvania State Police Vice Unit, Vittone said. 

"I'm particularly happy with the level of cooperation that exists between the municipal police departments, state police and drug task force,” Vittone said. “This is largely due to the leadership of County Detective Rick Gluth and the command at PSP.” 

Many of the arrests resulted from months of county-wide investigative work, according to Vittone.

“I'm also pleased to see that we had a large number of warrants in the northwestern part of the county around Burgettstown,” Vittone said. “We have had a number of overdose deaths in that area and it is important to emphasize that area in our enforcement efforts." 

Officials told Channel 11’s Cara Sapida (@WPXICara) that the roundup came after a number of overdose deaths, mostly caused by pills and heroin.

"I want to get the message out that we are serious about this.  We have deaths from heroin and prescription pill use,” Vittone said.

According to Vittone, suspects from 16 different municipalities were arrested, with the majority being from Washington, Donora, Charleroi and Burgettstown.