Huntingdon, Pa- Tuesday, police in Huntingdon County announced charges against 33 suspects in two drug rings. Currently 24 of the 33 suspects in the case are now in police custody after a grand jury indicted them last month.
Police say the two drug rings brought back crack cocaine and heroin from Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. They added that 23 of the 33 suspects are locals who gave a home to the drug ring leaders, along with a place to store the drugs.
At about 7 am Tuesday morning police began making arrests in Huntingdon Co. for suspects involved in the drug rings.
One key suspect in the drug trade is local Jesse Hamman. Police say Hamman organized housing for drugs and drug dealers coming in from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Which included Don Simpson Jr. who police say is in charge of a Philadelphia drug ring, bringing in crack cocaine and heroin every one- to-two weeks.
Combining the Philadelphia ring’s drugs with those from the Pittsburgh ring totaled over 3,000 grams of crack cocaine and 2,600 grams of heroin since the operation began.
The total street value of the drugs is just over 4.6 million dollars…. which may be a record total for Huntingdon drug-related indictments.
“As far as the Huntingdon area this is probably one of the most significant organizations and investigations concerning the amounts. I can’t think of another. We’ve done two other drug organizations through the grant jury… But I don’t think the total for those organizations together was as much as what’s been put forth today,” said senior deputy attorney Dave Gorman.
And with a large flow of drugs stopped for the moment, Huntingdon County District Attorney Dave Smith is now looking to keep big drug rings out.
“I think it underscores that not only were drugs coming in, but they were going out to the smaller areas and staying with local individuals who were addicts. So the hope is that we made a significant difference today. But obviously we’re not going to rest on our laurels. We’re still going to be diligent about fighting and trying to prevent this from happening again,” District Attorney Smith said.