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WILKES-BARRE, August 11, 2017 − Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) commended the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and other law enforcement officials as Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the arrest of 14 people on charges stemming from a $1 million heroin and crack cocaine ring operating in Wilkes-Barre.

“Operation Outfoxed” was a collaborative effort among multiple local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies including the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Safe Streets Task Force, Edwardsville Police, Kingston Police, Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office, Luzerne County detectives, Luzerne County Drug Task Force, Luzerne Police, Luzerne County Sheriffs’ Office, Pennsylvania State Police, Plains Township Police and Wilkes-Barre Police.

Luzerne County continues to be at the forefront of the war against drugs and the intensifying opioid crisis gripping Pennsylvania and the country. In 2016, 140 people died because of an overdose, which was up from 95 deaths in the previous year. So far in 2017, 77 people have overdosed and another 10 deaths remain under investigation by the Luzerne County Coroner’s Office.

“We must keep up the pressure on the drug networks that peddle poison on our streets and curb the sale of illegal narcotics that often leads to violence in our neighborhoods,” said Senator Yudichak. “These joint operations demonstrate that every level of law enforcement is working together and no resources will be spared as we combat this threat to our way of life in Northeastern Pennsylvania.”

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