Pittsburgh Police Arrest Downtown Drug Dealers

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Authorities conducted one of the biggest drug roundups ever in downtown Pittsburgh.

Nearly three dozen people are already in jail and police are looking for more than 50 suspects.

It’s called Operation Stink Bug.

Pittsburgh Police Officer Brenda Tate says the drug dealers are a nuisance, they stink up the business district and they have to be removed.

“We’re trying to get it cleaned up so these people can go to work and their businesses are not filled with these people,” Tate said. “They’ll kill your business.”

Over a two-month period, open air drug deals were videotaped. The concern is the dealers are also carrying weapons and are ready to use them.

“That’s the fear down here that somebody’s gonna get mad because they sold them pills, they didn’t sell them what they wanted and pull out a gun and kill each other,” Tate continued.

The bottom line is police had seen enough of this. The group of so-called “stink bugs” is off the streets tonight.

Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper is promising they won’t be allowed back here to do their business.

“I’m looking to end the problem – not move it someplace else,” he said. “That’s why there is an investigation that will continue to go on.”

Sources close to the investigation tell KDKA Investigator Marty Griffin the focus is now on where they got the drugs.

The feds are now involved looking at local clinics, downtown dentists and doctors.

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  • Critter

    all democrats and obama supporters

  • Lynyrd

    They would start there day at the local meth clinic.

  • union100

    It was a very bloody Labor Day weekend in New York. Forty-eight people were shot, including two law enforcement officers and a woman who was sitting with her daughter on a Brooklyn building stoop. The officers survived; three people have died.

  • Hal

    50 crack heads off the streets, the police collected 100 pills and about 65 dollars……..how many drug dealers were rounded up in Homewood or the Hill? Where MOST of the drugs are

  • Come on Man

    Marty Griffin the Only reporter on the scene? He was on the radio when this went down

    • Vinny

      Marty Lies

  • dan

    these so-called dealers got these drugs to push through the welfare system they only pay $1.00 for their script and they turn a humungo huge profit that would carry a family for a whole year. dealers turn around and sell their pills for anywhere from 4to7 dollars apeice. just say 600.00 a month times 12 monthgs why work we’re the dumb ones people. things have got to change.we need welfare reform NOW. it should go “get busted get booted”

    • pat

      AMEN! HOW DO THEY CONTINUE TO GET AWAY WITH THIS? something seriously needs to get this under control! and how do they get out so fast? put them in & throw away the keys!!! So many people out there are in desperate need of medicine and can’t afford it & get no help! Yet these bums get whatever they want & turn around & sell it on the street! how many kids are in jeopardy because of people (bums) like this????

  • gotta know

    if they are a nuisance everyday, why do the cops round them up once a year?

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