By: KDKA-TV News Staff
NEW CASTLE, Pa. (KDKA) – A drug trafficking organization based in New Castle has been dismantled, federal prosecutors say.READ MORE: Sources: Pittsburgh Public School Board To Interview 5 In-House Candidates For Interim Superintendent
In an indictment unsealed yesterday, 13 people were charged with conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: State Reports 5,198 More Coronavirus Cases And 44 Additional Deaths
“Mexican cartels present a clear and present danger to the safety and well-being of our western Pennsylvania communities. Our success in dismantling such a broadreaching drug trafficking network is due to strong local, state and federal coordination, and the leadership of Lawrence County DA Joshua Lamancusa and Mercer County DA Peter Acker,” said U.S. Attorney Brady in a statement.
“Together, we remain committed to keep these drugs – and the violence and public health challenges they bring – out of our neighborhoods and communities.”MORE NEWS: Firefighters Battling 2-Alarm Blaze In Mt. Lebanon
Prosecutors say local, state and federal agencies worked together to make arrests and seizures that included almost 100,000 doses of heroin and “significant doses” of cocaine, fentanyl and more.