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Mobile Street Crimes Unit in Harrisburg Leads to 239 Arrests

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane recently announced that a task force instituted to combat the presence of prevalent violent and drug-related crime has been successful in Harrisburg. The Mobile Street Crimes Unit that was deployed to the state capitol resulted in the arrests of 239 people for a variety of drug and violence-related crimes.


According to Kane, the arrests made in Harrisburg cleared approximately $300,000 worth of heroin off the streets and identified the existence of seven gangs and seven drug-trafficking groups that have been operating in the area. With this knowledge, more arrests are expected to be made within the coming months.


A total of 150 agents and officers representing a dozen different law enforcement agencies from the local Harrisburg area swept the area in a couple-week timespan as a part of the Mobile Street Crimes unit project which led to a significant portion of the arrests. The plan originated in April as officers worked with the Mobile Street Crimes Unit to begin identifying potential trouble spots in the city and set up the framework for their investigations.


This is not the first time that the Mobile Street Crimes Unit has been deployed in Pennsylvania. The first deployment was in Hazleton in Luzerne County this past February, which resulted in over 100 arrests and clearing about 35,000 packages of heroin off of the streets.


These latest arrests show the state’s commitment to being tough on individuals accused of drug crimes. If you’re facing drug charges in Berks County, consult skilled Reading criminal defense attorney David R. Eshelman today.

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