AG Shapiro announces major drug bust spanning from Philly to Allentown

Kristen Johanson
July 09, 2019 - 5:07 pm
State and city authorities have arrested more than a dozen people in Philadelphia connected to a drug ring they stay stretched from the city to Allentown and Bucks County.

Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — State and city authorities have arrested more than a dozen people in Philadelphia connected to a drug ring they stay stretched from the city to Allentown and Bucks County. Police say they used kids to sell heroin, cocaine and fentanyl. 

After months of wiretapping, Philadelphia police and area agencies raided homes, warehouses and cars, arresting 14 people and seizing nearly 200,000 doses of drugs and $200,000 in cash. 

"They were leaders of this organization and they were poisoning some of the row homes here along Clementine Street," said Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

Clementine Street is near Kensington Avenue and Allegheny Avenue. 

State and city authorities have arrested more than a dozen people in Philadelphia connected to a drug ring they stay stretched from the city to Allentown and Bucks County.
Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General

Shapiro says the ringleaders were basking in luxury, dining at expensive restaurants and “jetting off” to Hollywood award shows and using neighborhood kids to sell the narcotics.

"They got co-opted by these drug dealers, the got co-opted by these people carrying guns illegally in our community and they were pushed to sell drugs," Shapiro added. 

He says police were also able to thwart three different shootings and added that streets remain quiet after prior takedowns of neighborhood drug rings.