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Police arrest 29 in Clarion, Armstrong drug bust

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CLARION COUNTY — Twenty-nine people were arrested for narcotics trafficking in southern Clarion County and northern Armstrong County early Friday morning.

The warrants were served by members of the Clarion Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Southern Clarion County Regional Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.

Clarion County District Attorney Mark T. Aaron reports that the warrants were issued as the result of a yearlong investigation conducted in cooperation with the Armstrong County Drug Task Force and the drug interdiction unit of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane. The arrests were a continuation of an operation in Armstrong County Thursday. In total, 53 warrants were issued; because of the large number of warrants, the operation was conducted over two days.

Many of the warrants relate to people selling suboxone, a substance used to treat heroin addiction. However, suboxone is an opiate, like heroin. It is routinely diverted from treatment facilities into the illegal drug trade, where addictions are formed and lives are destroyed exactly the same as with heroin. People were also arrested for selling or attempting to sell cocaine, marijuana, and various prescription drugs.

For more details, read this week's edition of the Tri-County Sunday

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