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May 3, 2014

BREAKING | Police arrest man in connection to 'lethal' heroin

— Conemaugh Township police have arrested a man they believe was selling the brand of "lethal" heroin dubbed "7 of Hearts."

Aaron Wade Walters, 24, of the 500 block of Govier Lane, was arrested Saturday afternoon, charged with three counts of manfacturing or distributing a controlled substance.

Police allege Walters was selling the substance - heroin that authorities in Cambria County believe is laced with fentanyl, a potent painkiller - to residents along Govier Lane, two of whom overdosed on the drug Thursday.

Check back to TribDem.com for more details as they become available.

Justin Dennis is a multimedia reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at @JustinDennis.

 

Police said they responded to the 500 block of Govier Lane in Johnstown, Cambria County, for a drug overdose, Thursday. Police said when they arrived they found two men: one man was lying on the ground and wasn't breathing, the other was inside a car and unconscious with agonal breathing. Both of the men were transported to Conemaugh Hospital in Johnstown, Cambria County, for treatment. After they were taken to the hospital police went to talk to the men, as well as another person who was also in the car at the time of the overdoses. All three men said they purchased 20 stamp bags of heroin labeled "7 of hearts" for $15 per bag, police said. The men who purchased the heroin identified Aaron Wade Walters as the man who supplied them with the stamp bags, police said. Authorities said in the past four days 12 people in Cambria and Somerset counties were rushed to the hospital after overdosing on heroin; eight of them occurred within three hours Thursday night. The overdoses came just days after a large heroin bust in Johnstown where investigators found two vials of liquid fentanyl. Fentanyl is a drug dealers often mix with heroin to give a better high. It is not clear whether the heroin linked to the overdoses was laced with fentanyl but authorities said they were able to get their hands on unused packets, which have already been sent to a crime lab for testing. It could take several days to get the results. Police said Walters is a risk to the health and safety of the public and is said to be driving a blue Ford Ranger with Pennsylvania registration ZCR6454. Stay with 6 News for additional information.



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Police said they responded to the 500 block of Govier Lane in Johnstown, Cambria County, for a drug overdose, Thursday. Police said when they arrived they found two men: one man was lying on the ground and wasn't breathing, the other was inside a car and unconscious with agonal breathing. Both of the men were transported to Conemaugh Hospital in Johnstown, Cambria County, for treatment. After they were taken to the hospital police went to talk to the men, as well as another person who was also in the car at the time of the overdoses. All three men said they purchased 20 stamp bags of heroin labeled "7 of hearts" for $15 per bag, police said. The men who purchased the heroin identified Aaron Wade Walters as the man who supplied them with the stamp bags, police said. Authorities said in the past four days 12 people in Cambria and Somerset counties were rushed to the hospital after overdosing on heroin; eight of them occurred within three hours Thursday night. The overdoses came just days after a large heroin bust in Johnstown where investigators found two vials of liquid fentanyl. Fentanyl is a drug dealers often mix with heroin to give a better high. It is not clear whether the heroin linked to the overdoses was laced with fentanyl but authorities said they were able to get their hands on unused packets, which have already been sent to a crime lab for testing. It could take several days to get the results. Police said Walters is a risk to the health and safety of the public and is said to be driving a blue Ford Ranger with Pennsylvania registration ZCR6454. Stay with 6 News for additional information.



Read More at: http://www.wjactv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/police-searching-man-allegedly-sells-7-hearts-heroin-2500

 

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