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Major Pennsylvania Heroin Ring Busted Over the Summer

It was a big summer for law enforcement in Pennsylvania when it came to drugs. One of the biggest headlines was the bust of a $7.8 million heroin drug ring in the central part of the state, leading to 16 people being charged in connection to the drug trafficking system.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said the operation was responsible for distributing 780,000 bags of heroin and $1.9 million worth of cocaine throughout the state between January 2016 and February 2017. The shutdown of the operation was the result of a collaborative investigation that involved the offices of the Blair County and Cambria County district attorneys, the Pennsylvania State Police, local Altoona and Johnstown police and various other law enforcement agencies.

The main target of the investigation was 40-year-old Damon “Fat Cat” Devine, whose operation sold a potent form of heroin called “Dragon.” Devine was a passenger in a vehicle being chased by police in Philadelphia in August 2016, after police located 3,750 bags of heroin labeled “Dragon” and 127 grams of cocaine. Devine posted bail and continued running the drug operation, but police continued the investigation. This time, the charges stuck.

Protect your rights with the help of an attorney

Just because you have been charged with a drug crime does not mean you automatically face a significant amount of prison time or fines. There are certain rules police officers must follow when collecting evidence. If they fail to follow these rules, any evidence they collect is inadmissible in court.

For more information on the best strategies you can use to defend yourself against drug charges in Pennsylvania, work with skilled Reading criminal defense lawyer David R. Eshelman.


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