38 Indicted In Drug Trafficking Conspiracies
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The United States Attorney’s Office has indicted 38 people in three different drug trafficking conspiracies throughout the area.
Officials say 25 of them were arrested Thursday morning, some were already behind bars, and four more are still out there.
According to investigators, 25 of the suspects are alleged members of the Manchester OG gang, a drug ring operating on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Police say they traffic mostly heroin.
Authorities say more indictments are possible.
Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper called the suspects “homegrown terrorists.”
U.S. Attorney David Hickton said more than 200 law enforcement officers took part in the drug busts, from local police, sheriff’s deputies, state police, the FBI, the DEA, the ATF, U.S. Postal inspectors and the IRS.
In addition to the 25 people indicted for the so-called Manchester OG case, police say they broke up a nine-person heroin ring that operated outside the city of Pittsburgh in communities like Penn Hills, McKees Rocks and Swissvale.
“We also want to advise the violent criminals who tyrannize the neighborhoods and towns in our district that we know who you are,” said Hickton. “We are coming for you and it is only a matter of when, not if, we catch you and disrupt and prosecute your criminal activity.”
Investigators say they are still looking for 25-year-old Devon Baskin, 30-year-old Keenan Black, 35-year-old Sandra Hunter and 20-year-old Nico Nixon.
If you know the whereabouts of any of those four, you’re asked to call police.