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Multiple Suspected Dealers Arrested In Drug Raid

Seven suspects in custody, two more wanted.
Update: The Attorney General's office released the following information regarding the drug raid Monday.

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced charges against nine suspected drug dealers following a street-level sweep in Blair County.

The charges are the culmination of a year-long cooperative investigation between the Office of Attorney General, the Blair County District Attorney's Office and the Altoona Police Department into the distribution of heroin and prescription narcotics in Altoona.

Over the course of the investigation agents made a series of undercover and controlled purchases in and around Altoona. While the investigation targeted street-level dealers and users, the information gathered – including sources of supply – will be used to target mid- to upper-level drug dealers by the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation (BNI) agents and drug prosecutors.

Law enforcement was assisted in its undercover work by information forwarded from Blair County's Push Out the Pusher Hotline (1-866-693-3020). The Blair County Drug Task Force, which receives its funding from the Office of Attorney General, was established to conduct street-level investigations.

Attorney General Kane thanked the businesses and community leaders involved with Operation Our Town, a nonprofit formed by local business leaders to take back local neighborhoods and rid them of drugs and drug-related crime. She also thanked Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio, the Blair County Sheriff's Office and the Altoona Police Department for their participation in the investigation.

The defendants will be prosecuted by Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio's Office.
 
Below is a complete list of the defendants and the charges against them.
 
--Christopher Stanford, 21, 1813 12th Ave., Altoona, Blair County, is charged with one count of delivery of marijuana, one count of possession of marijuana and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
 
--Brandon Rutherford, 29, 1917 West Chestnut Ave., Apt. 3, Altoona, Blair County, is charged with one count of delivery of hydrocodone, one count of possession of hydrocodone and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
 
--John Jukes, 33, 15 26th St., Altoona, Blair County, is charged with two counts of delivery of heroin, two counts of possession of heroin, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
 
--Anthony Saavedra, 28, 911 Green Ave., Apt. 601, Altoona, Blair County, is charged with three counts of delivery of heroin/Fentanyl/hydrocodone, three counts of possession of heroin/Fentanyl/hydrocodone, three counts of criminal use of a communication facility and one count of criminal conspiracy.
 
--Shawn Friley, 24, 3112 Broad Ave., Altoona, Blair County, is charged with two counts of delivery of bath salts, two counts of possession of bath salts and two counts of criminal use of a communication facility.
 
--Shawn Sinisi, 22, 3921 Maple Ave., Altoona, Blair County, is charged with two counts of delivery of bath salts/hydrocodone, two counts of possession of bath salts/hydrocodone and two counts of criminal use of a communication facility.
 
--Latricia Moser, 24, 516 Margaret Road, Lot 42, Altoona, Blair County, is charged with three counts of delivery of heroin, three counts of possession of heroin, three counts of criminal use of a communication facility and two counts of criminal conspiracy.
 
--Filicia Moser, 26, 317 Spruce Ave., Altoona, Blair county, is charged with two counts of delivery of heroin, two counts of possession of heroin, two counts of criminal conspiracy and two counts of criminal use of a communication facility.
 
--Donald Burket, 55, 400 N. Second St., Apt. 14, Altoona, Blair County, is charged with two counts of delivery of oxycodone, two counts of possession of oxycodone and two counts of criminal use of a communication facility.

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ALTOONA - Seven suspected drug dealers are in custody and police are still looking for two more.

The Attorney General's office says the arrests are part of a number of ongoing investigations in the Altoona area. Officials say all of the suspects have been caught selling a variety of drugs including heroin, bath salts and fetanyl patches to undercover officers. The suspects are mostly what police call street or mid-level dealers. James Walstrom from the Attorney General's office says while they did purchase both Fetanyl patches and heroin from some of the dealers, fortunately none of them appeared to be selling the fetanyl-laced heroin that has been spreading in the area.

The identity of the suspects was not immediately results by officials.

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