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FBI, Police Sweep Nets Guns, Drugs

By Submitted Report
The Tube City Almanac
February 11, 2016
Posted in: Crime and Police News

A sweep Tuesday by McKeesport police, the county sheriff's office, FBI agents and other law enforcement agents netted 21 arrests, three firearms and pre-packaged heroin with an estimated street value of $20,000.

The so-called "Impact Initiative" in what an FBI agent referred to as "the most troubled areas" of the city was made public Thursday morning.

Scott Bernazzoli of the FBI's Pittsburgh field office said the McKeesport operation could become a model for similar joint federal-local sweeps in other parts of Allegheny County.

"The operation shows the impact (that) coordinated efforts can have on communities," said Gregory Nelsen, assistant special-agent-in-charge of the FBI's Pittsburgh field office.

Names of the persons arrested have not yet been released.

The FBI said 50 law enforcement officers working in seven "impact squads" served arrest warrants simultaneously. Officers were drawn from the McKeesport police, Allegheny County Sheriff's Office, and the Allegheny County Police Department as well as the FBI.

McKeesport police Chief Bryan Washowich said criminals don't recognize "jurisdictional boundaries" and that the department will continue to strengthen relationships with other agencies in an effort to "reduce crime and the fear of crime."

Originally published February 11, 2016.

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