City Drug Raid

A man who is no stranger to the law and is known to have been selling
heroin in or near prominent parts of the city, including city hall, the
business district and even the public library was caught Wednesday.
36-year-old Ron Shepard also known as “Black” was arrested after being
under close police surveillance for the past several months. Earlier
Wednesday afternoon, the police department’s Special Operations Group
served Shepard, who is known to carry weapons and to be violent, a
search warrant at his city home on Carson Street. That is where police
found three thousand dollars in cash in his possession and 72 packets of
heroin hidden in his buttocks. Police Chief, Frank DeAndrea, says thanks
to the city’s security system, drug tip line and the police themselves
Shepard is now in custody. Shepard’s blatant disregard to authority
however appalled Chief DeAndrea saying “It’s a slap in the face to not
only the community but the law enforcement community to have someone
decide to sell heroin across the street from the police station”. The
investigation on Shepard started back in February by the Hazleton Police
Department Narcotics Unit thanks to several anonymous phone calls to
their drug tip line. With help from the Attorney General’s Drug Task
Force, police conducted several controlled buys. Shepard was in custody
Wednesday afternoon and being interviewed by investigators.

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