May 8, 2014
Attorney General Kane announces arrest of suspected Johnstown heroin dealer
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of a Johnstown man, who allegedly sold heroin with the same stamps that are linked to at least seven overdoses last week.
Police intelligence confirmed that each overdose in Johnstown was the result of heroin packaged with the stamp "7 of hearts." Attorney General Kane noted that an analysis of the heroin by the Pennsylvania State Police crime lab showed no fentanyl present in the narcotic.
"Heroin is a deadly poison with or without the presence of fentanyl," Attorney General Kane said. "The grip this lethal drug has on our communities is overwhelming. Every arrest law enforcement makes is a step towards eradicating the problem."
On Tuesday, May 6, 2014 agents arranged a controlled purchase of one brick of heroin containing the stamp "7 of hearts" from Iriee "Bee" Littleberry, 21, of 11 Jacoby St. and 2204 Hickory St., Johnstown. Following that buy authorities stopped Littleberry's vehicle and arrested him in possession of official funds used to make the controlled purchase.
Littleberry is charged with one count of unlawful delivery of heroin, one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin and one count of possession of heroin. He will be prosecuted in by the Cambria County District Attorney's Office.
In October 2013, the Office of Attorney General met with local authorities in Johnstown to assess the illegal trafficking and use of heroin and prescription drugs, which are not mutually exclusive in the drug epidemic plaguing the Commonwealth.
Following that meeting the Attorney General shored up resources and reassigned BNI to additionally assist Johnstown law enforcement with investigations. Littleberry's May 6 arrest and the April 28 arrest of Jermaine Jones, an alleged heroin dealer found with pure heroin and fentanyl, are the result of that collaboration and training.
"My message to communities that are being terrorized by drug-related violence and crime is that their safety is my priority," Attorney General Kane said. "My office is using every resource available to get criminals off the streets and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law."
Additionally, the Office of Attorney General has established a tip line (1-800-442-8006) and Attorney General Kane is encouraging citizens to call and report any drug-related activity in their communities.
Attorney General Kane thanked the Johnstown Police Department, the Pennsylvania State Police Kiski, the Pennsylvania State Police Ebensburg and the Cambria County Drug Task Force for their continued assistance in fighting the heroin epidemic in Johnstown.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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