I-Team: Turning Up the Heat on “Drug Dealers on the Run”

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) The state police are sending out a warning tonight to drug dealers — we’re coming for you.
    In recent weeks a special force, headed up by troopers, has been hitting suspected drug houses in northeastern Pennsylvania. Lead I-Team Reporter Andy Mehalshick has been looking into the operation.



  State Troopers say they are turning up the heat on drug dealers. A raid in Wilkes-Barre  nabbed 6 drug suspects.
    Troopers say there are many more that are carried out far from the cameras.
 The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick spoke to an undercover trooper who is sometimes first through the door of a suspected drug house..


 “There’s always the unknown and there are really no answers. Every situation could be just as dangerous. You assume it’s going to be dangerous.”

 Troopers, U.S marshals and local police are part of this task force.
 

In 2016 there were 25 operation. 77 people were arrested..and $153,000 worth of drugs seized at those homes. The raids often lead to the solving of other crimes in  that community.

 
 
“A lot of people don’t assocaite a drug house with other crimes. One drug house in a neighborhood could bring in burglaries, gun thefts. Guns are popular they trade guns for drugs.” Said Trooper Tom Kelly


Forty Fort Mayor Andy Tuzinski says these raids have helped clean up his town.. He points out that while some of those arrested  may be considered low level  dealers..they must be dealt with.


 
“What’s the big deal about a weed? It’s unsightly but if you leave it there it starts to crack the sidewalk, crack the pavement..it’s a bigger problem.”

Pennsylvania State Police Troop P Drug Tip Line 570-697-2021

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