Undercover operation in Hill District, Uptown nets 93 arrests


PITTSBURGH - Authorities said a four-month, undercover operation in the Hill District and Uptown neighborhoods led to nearly 100 crime-related arrests.

City and housing authority police as well as county probation and parole officers began saturating the neighborhoods in August targeting accused drug dealers, drug users, prostitutes, those wanted on outstanding warrants and those carrying illegal firearms, Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard said.

Richard said the investigation, which began after several complaints from residents, netted a total of 93 arrests.

According to police, officers also took illegal guns off the streets and thousands of dollars worth of drugs.

Officers also wrote 40 non-traffic citations for those accused of public intoxication, urinating in public, trespassing and carrying open liquor containers, Richard said.