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At least 63 arrested in Fayette County drug raids

At least 63 people were arrested Monday in what authorities have described as the largest drug sweep in Fayette County history.
District Attorney Nancy Vernon said members of the county's Drug Task Force, along with state troopers, began serving approximately 100 arrest warrants for various drug violations at 7:30 a.m.

Vernon said the arrest warrants were issued as the result of investigations conducted during the past year. Detective Lt. Ronald Haggerty of the task force described those taken into custody as street to mid-level dealers.

Most of the warrants, 90, were issued for felony offenses, including delivery and possession with intent to deliver drugs, Vernon said. Included among the arrests were 29 related to violations involving crack cocaine, 20 for powder cocaine, four for heroin delivery and 15 for OxyContin.

Other violations were for offenses involving steroids, marijuana, morphine, Vicodon, Xanaxmethadone and Ecstasy. Vernon said two warrants were for firearms offenses.
Vernon and Haggerty credited the success of yesterday's arrests to the cooperative efforts of numerous police departments.

"I take my hat off to all of these officers for their fine method of operation and successful warrants made today," Vernon said.

Individuals who were taken into custody yesterday were arraigned at the offices of various district judges then transported to the Uniontown police station for processing.

Those who did not make bail were handcuffed and then walked, escorted by police, about one block from the police station to the Fayette County Jail.

Police yesterday released the names and dates of birth for all 100 suspects but did not disclose their addresses or hometowns. To avoid any confusion with individuals with similar names and ages, the Tribune-Review will not publish the names of the suspects until that information is obtained.

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