WEST END (KDKA) – Police have released new details in a drug investigation where nearly two dozen people have been arrested.
The investigation began back in January after a number of resident complaints.
Over the course of eight months, police seized heroin, crack cocaine, and marijuana with a street value of approximately $11,000 dollars.
They also confiscated four vehicles, about $10,000 in cash, and four guns. Two of those guns had been reported stolen.
Of the people already arrested, police said nine are gang members.
Many of the arrests were after hand-to-hand drug buys with undercover officers.
“We’re doing everything we can and we want to make sure we keep these people from coming in here and taking over and trying to sell drugs,” Pittsburgh Police Cmdr. Scott Schubert said.
“We’ve put the community here on watch that drugs, drug activity, drug dealing and any criminal activity is not welcome in our city,” Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said.
Police said this wasn’t really a drug ring and that these individuals and street dealers were basically all working on their own in the same West End neighborhoods.
However, police said more arrests will be made.