In a major bust, authorities have dismantled an alleged gang which is said to have sold millions of dollars worth of heroin in Pennsylvania.
Various members of the alleged gang, which authorities say called itself “Bricks-R-Us” (B.R.U.), were arrested this week in Monroeville. According to U.S. Attorney David Hickton, the group sold vast quantities of the drug from Newark, N.J. to Pittsburgh, and also in Armstrong and Cambria counties.
Agents arrested 30 people in an early morning and afternoon sweep on Thursday, and are continuing to seek 14 additional individuals. The raids involved over 200 police and law enforcement agents representing dozens of local, state, and federal agencies. Several of the defendants are said to be minors under the age of 18.
The recent explosion of deaths of people who have used heroin laced with fentanyl, a powerful and extremely dangerous narcotic, has resulted in increasing crackdowns by Pennsylvania authorities.