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No trick-or-treat for drug dealers

A drug raid was conducted earlier today in Tyrone by agents of the Blair County Drug Task Force and other law enforcement officers.
Agent Anthony Sassano told The Daily Herald a briefing was held for law enforcement officers around 6:30 this morning at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory in downtown Tyrone.
Agent Sassano said the latest drug bust involves about three dozen people. He said most are street level dealers. He also said three of the suspects are from the Brooklyn, NY area. He said those suspects were already in jail. The New York suspects and others being arrested today were being taken to the Armory in Tyrone for processing. After processing, suspects were to be taken to Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller’s office for arraignment.
The arrests of the three suspects from Brooklyn continue an ongoing theme of out-of-state drug dealers coming into the area to peddle their poison.
A drug bust earlier this month included the arrests of two people from Brooklyn. Those individuals were already being held in jail on charges stemming from an earlier bust. Agent Sassano did not confirm if the Brooklyn pair arrested earlier this month were among the three New Yorkers arrested today.
At the time of the bust earlier this month, Attorney General Tom Corbett noted Altoona remains a focus of attention for drug suppliers from outside Central Pennsylvania, especially New York City. He explained that several of the Altoona area residents charged in the earlier bust allegedly served as “runners” for New York based drug dealers, delivering drugs to local street-level dealers or buyers.
Two Tyrone area suspects and a Bellwood man, John Mease, who is also facing charges in the death of an Altoona man earlier this year, were among those arrested in the early October bust.
There was no word on how many of those arrested today were from northern Blair County. District Attorney Richard Consiglio and law enforcement officers were scheduled to hold a press conference at 11 a.m. this morning (after press deadline) to provide further details on the bust.
A detailed story on the drug bust is planned for Wednesday’s edition of The Daily Herald.