LEETSDALE (KDKA) – Thousands of dollars in drugs have been taken off the streets of Leetsdale and 19 people are now facing drug-related charges.
The arrests came as the result of a year-long investigation led by the Leetsdale Police Department.
“I think it’s great. We have to get them off the street. It’s terrible, we’re kind of close to Ambridge. So, we get a lot of the overflow from there, time to clean it up,” Tom Jones said.
“I’m thrilled. I’m thrilled, it was a long time investigation, I was very happy that they were successful in getting 19 people,” Joe McGurk said.
The suspects range in age from 18 years old up to 47. The men and women are from all over the Pittsburgh area from South Park to Moon Township.
Police said they were all using and selling a wide range of drugs.
“From heroin to oxycodone to meth, crack and marijuana,” Leetsdale Police Chief James Santucci said.
Police said the drugs were coming from Pittsburgh’s North Side up to the Leetsdale area along the Route 65 corridor.
“We are working diligently to keep it off the streets. We’re never going to win the battle, but I think today we won the war,” Chief Santucci said.
Police said the round up took about $50,000 worth of drugs off the streets.
Most of the people arrested are considered low and mid-level dealers. Police said the investigation will continue, but they will be going after the high-level dealers next.
“I want everybody to realize that if they are coming through Leetsdale, that we are going to be here to watch them and they aren’t going to get away with doing something in my town,” Chief Santucci said.