JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (WTAJ) — The FBI and US department of homeland security in conjunction with the state police and other law-enforcement agencies in central and western Pennsylvania served multiple arrest warrants in Johnstown.
At least six people were arrested in a joint FBI department of homeland security and Pennsylvania State police investigation into the sale of cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin. The investigation determined that they possessed the drugs with the intent to distribute in the Johnstown area and in the Monroeville area of Allegheny County.
A warrant at 145 Hudson Street in Johnstown turned up crack rock, marijuana and THC on the kitchen table next to a sippy cup, in easy access of the four children in the house. Willette Cooper, one of the people arrested, told police that she was up all night drinking and smoking/snorting crack into the morning.
Investigators used at least three confidential informants during their investigation. Their information given to investigators was corroborated through recorded text messages and phone calls about the drug activity.
Investigators reportedly made 60 different controlled buys between June 2019 and March 2021.
Cambria County District Attorney Greg Neugebauer released the following statement:
“On July 15, 2021, local law enforcement participated in coordinated activity in Cambria County. Multiple arrests were made. This operation demonstrates local law enforcement’s commitment to protecting our neighborhoods and community from the distribution of life-destroying drugs. We will continue working hard to bring criminals to justice.”
The suspects have been charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute 280 g or more of cocaine.
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