Announce Success of Mobile Street Crimes Unit
20, 2014- Don Rooney
In September, Attorney General Kathleen Kane assigned a mobile quick-response
task force to Hazleton in Luzerne County to take on the drug trade there. Its success there could mean many such task
forces deployed across Pennsylvania.
Yudichak, Attorney General Kathleen Kane and Hazleton Police Chief Frank
DeAndrea held a joint press conference to announce the successes of the Mobile
Street Crimes Unit in Hazleton. In five months, "Operation Rising
Star," in conjunction with 16 local, state and federal agencies,
identified six drug trafficking organizations operating in Hazleton with ties
to street gangs.
The Operation led to over 100 arrests and approximately 35,000
packets of heroin seized. In just the last 3 days, agents have made 30 arrests
and seized 9,060 packets of heroin. Attorney General Kane deployed the Mobile Street Crimes Unit (known as
X-IMPACT) to Hazleton in September to assist the Hazleton City Police
Department. The Attorney General says Hazleton has become a breeding ground for
the distribution of heroin - Interstates 80 and 81 intersect in Hazleton, and
there are several cargo airports and two major railways. The main sources of heroin into Hazleton are
New York City and northern New Jersey, and Hazleton is a sub source of heroin
into the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre regions. Other drugs encountered in Hazleton
included powder cocaine, crack cocaine, diverted prescription pills, marijuana
and synthetic marijuana.