Drug Checkpoint First of its Kind in Penn Hills
Last Thursday, Penn Hills Police conducted a “drug interdiction” checkpoint along Nadine Road near Allegheny River Boulevard. This was the first checkpoint of its kind within the Municipality, and it was a success.
Twenty officers from Penn Hills, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, and officers from three neighboring departments conducted the stops. According to Penn Hills Police Chief Howard Burton, officers conducted 33 stops and issued 29 traffic citations over the course of three hours. Two individuals were arrested at the scene and five additional people will be arrested via summons for various drug violations.
The following items were recovered during the stops:
- $1,435 in currency
- 332 heroin stamp bags
- one stolen handgun
- 6 grams of crack cocaine
- 5 grams of cocaine
- 7 ounces of marijuana
- one Ford Freestyle vehicle
- other miscellaneous drug paraphernalia
Funding for last weeks checkpoint was provided by the Attorney General’s office. Penn Hills Police plan to do similar checkpoints in the future, according to Chief Burton.
While separate from the drug interdiction program from last week, the department is also participating in a statewide aggressive driving campaign where officers will target roadways that statistically have a higher number of crashes. This campaign is set to begin on July 6th and run through August 27th.
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