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25 Arrested in Drug Bust Near Harrisburg

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro recently announced the arrests of 25 people who were charged with selling and distributing drugs in Harrisburg and its surrounding communities.

The arrests were the result of a seven-month investigation into drug activity in the area. The Mobile Street Crimes Unit, part of the Attorney General’s office, collaborated with local police departments. Agents worked undercover to buy various illegal drugs from the targeted dealers. During the investigation, agents seized cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, methamphetamine, ecstasy, prescription drugs and various other substances, along with 17 guns and $18,530 in cash.

The arrests came in multiple raids, the first of which happened at 6 a.m. Tuesday, June 6. Subsequent raids took place throughout that day.

Shapiro says the investigation was a response to calls for assistance from Harrisburg Bureau of Police, along with law enforcement officials from other local communities. He says there is still a lot of work to do in getting drugs off the streets, as the dealers are “dug in and entrenched,” but that this series of arrests was a good start. 

Defenses available against drug crime charges

If you have been arrested and charged with a drug crime, you may have some legal options available to you to protect your constitutional rights. Common defense strategies include:

  • Claiming that an unlawful search and seizure took place if police officers did not have the right to search or seize your property
  • Claiming “no ownership,” in which you argue the drugs seized did not belong to you
  • Requesting a drug analysis, through which the prosecution must prove the substance seized is an illegal drug after a crime lab analysis
  • Claiming entrapment, in which you argue officers induced you to commit a crime you would not have committed otherwise

To discuss the best approach to take when you are facing serious charges, consult trusted Reading drug crime defense attorney David R. Eshelman.


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