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Officials have announced criminal charges against more than two dozen people involved in a fentanyl trafficking gang operating in the City of Pittsburgh’s eastern neighborhoods and Wilkinsburg.
Authorities say the tentacles of the Shot Boyz gang extended as far east as Latrobe.
“For too long the Shot Boyz street gang and its associates flooded our streets with narcotics with no regard for human life. They are accused of committing home invasions, robberies, assaults and numerous other dangerous crimes in the East Hills, Homewood, Wilkinsburg and other surrounding communities,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael Christman.
This extensive investigation was led by the FBI – Pittsburgh, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – Pittsburgh Division, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, the Latrobe Police Department, the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, the Munhall Police Department, the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, Allegheny County Probation, the Wilkinsburg Police Department, the Monroeville Police Department, and the Penn Hills Police Department.
Authorities indicted 26 gang members and six associates on numerous drug trafficking and weapons-related charges.
Twenty-three of them were arrested Thursday. Authorities seized $152,000 dollars in cash and a significant quantity of drugs including fentanyl and heroin.
U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said the arrests are the latest in a series of efforts to break up gangs with ties to larger drug distributors along the east coast and midwest.
“If you’re a drug dealer or you’re a gang member go back to Philadelphia. Go back to Detroit. Get out of our community because we know who you are and we are coming after you,” Brady said.Fentanyl Gangs