Huntingdon, Pa- Tuesday police made arrests in connection to two drug rings operating in Huntingdon County.
But how did police discover the drug rings?
Back in December of 2016, a Pennsylvania state trooper traveled to a Central PA hospital to speak with a local who survived a drug overdose. The trooper gathered information on the drug ring which eventually led to a grand jury indictment of two drug rings that were operating in Huntingdon County: one from Philadelphia, and one from Pittsburgh.
“I think it’s significant, it takes a lot of these drug dealers off the street… it helps shut down some of the places [as Dave Smith said] that offer refuge that a lot these drug dealers were utilizing,” Dave Gorman, Senior Attorney Deputy, said.
And with the discovery of the drug rings, aided by eight different agencies, comes a long list of charges for all involved. They include money laundering and gun charges, along with multiple counts of possession with intent to deliver both crack cocaine and heroin. Those charges along mean significant prison time.
“The max penalty for cocaine distribution is 10 years…. for heroin, 15 years,” Gorman said.
Huntingdon County District Attorney Dave Smith says they may get more information with interviews ahead, but first they need to take everyone into police custody.
“The next step will be the preliminary hearings, and then we will go through the process trying to make plea offers and then will look to trial. Potentially trials could be February or March potentially… obviously we need to arrest the folks in Philadelphia. Hopefully that will be done shortly,” said District Attorney Smith.
Smith also told WTAJ there’s a possibility of five more local arrests beyond the 33 suspects currently named.
The preliminary hearing for the 33 suspects will be November, 19 and 20.