The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Narcotics Unit recently concluded three separate long term investigations in the neighborhoods of Carrick/Knoxville, Hazelwood, and Elliott/Sheraden spanning the past eight months.
The investigations were started after numerous drug related complaints and tips from the residents of the areas. The complaints were called directly into the Narcotics Office or received via the Mayor's 311 hotline.
Narcotics detectives were able to develop confidential informants who proved to be invaluable in providing information and assisting detectives to make undercover purchases from suspected drug dealers. The investigations led to the execution of numerous search warrants and the narcotics detectives were able to make a significant impact against illegal drug trafficking.
With the conclusion of the investigations, the following arrest and seizures were made in the Carrick/Knoxville area: 59 arrests; 15 firearms seized; two vehicles seized; $106,892 in cash was recovered and drugs with a street value $107,535 were seized.
In addition, in Sheraden/Elliot there were 47arrests; eight firearms seized; $12,553 in currency recovered; and drugs with a street value of $30,866 seized.
Also, in Hazelwood there were 16 arrests; three firearms seized; $2,984 in cash; and drugs with a street value of $25,065 seized.