Shapiro: Heroin ring that stretched into York sealed off

Written by David Payne/Radio Pennsylvania | Apr 11, 2017 4:18 AM

FILE PHOTO: Used heroin syringes and cooking spoons are found hidden at the base of trees as Steve Monnin cleans a wooded area of Combs Park in Hamilton, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

(Harrisburg) -- The state Attorney General's office has announced arrests in a major heroin distribution ring that stretched into the midstate.

The  heroin pipeline stretched from New York City to Altoona to York.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro says over a two- year period, the network sold the equivalent of 15,000 bricks of heroin, worth a total of $5 million.

"This is a major pipeline. It's been sealed off. It's been stopped," he says. "The people of York, the people of Blair County are better off because of this coordinated effort from law enforcement today."

A statewide grand jury also returned criminal indictments against 15 suspects allegedly involved in the operation. 

 Shapiro says his investigation continues, and will include doctors involved in the illegal opioid trade, which contributes to state's growing addiction crisis.

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