Authorities rounding up drug suspects today

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Early this morning Franklin County law enforcement officials fanned out over several counties attempting to serve warrants on 35 suspected drug dealers. The drug roundup culminates a year-long investigation that involved the sale of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and prescription pills. Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in the investigation, including Greencastle Police Department and Pennsylvania State Police.

Franklin County District Attorney Matt Fogel announced the operation around 10:30 a.m. The investigation involved subjects from Franklin, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fulton and Adams counties, along with Hagerstown, Md. Members of the state police and Franklin County Drug Task Force over the last year purchased various amounts of controlled substances throughout Franklin County, according to the release.

A news release said that at 6 a.m. members of the Franklin County Drug Task Force, Pennsylvania State Police, Troop H-Chambersburg and vice unit, U.S. Marshall’s, Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Chambersburg Borough Police Department, Waynesboro Borough, Washington Township and Greencastle Borough set out across the counties attempting to serve the 35 warrants. Those taken into custody are being arraigned at various district magistrate offices in Franklin County throughout the day.

According to the release, the investigation “targeted street level dealers that affected the quality of life for the citizens throughout Franklin County. It also revealed that like all areas of the state, controlled substance still looms large and impacts all walks of life,” the release said.

“All the agencies involved in this investigation would like to thank the many citizens that provided tips and information that assisted in this investigation.”

During the investigation authorities also made an arrest for solicitation at the Evergreen Spa, 1404 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg.