39 arrested in roundup of drug suspects

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Federal marshals and police swept through Hancock County, W.Va., this morning and began rounding up 39 suspects, including five from Beaver and Allegheny counties, charged with trafficking in heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and other drugs.

The U.S. attorney's office in Wheeling said this afternoon that police had arrested 22 defendants and were looking for the rest.

Authorities said the case began in September and was based on surveillance and controlled buys in the areas of Chester and Newell.

Nineteen of those charged were indicted by a federal grand jury in Wheeling. The others are charged in state court.

Most of the defendants are from East Liverpool, Ohio; Chester, W.Va.; and Newell, W.Va., although several are from the Beaver County towns of New Brighton, Aliquippa and Georgetown and one is from McKees Rocks.

Among those facing federal charges is Malik Alonso Ware, 30, of New Brighton, who is accused of distributing heroin, cocaine, oxycodone and marijuana in Hancock County.

Those facing state charges include Dwayne Whitaker, 25, of McKees Rocks; Joshua Ayers, 23, of Aliquippa; and Amanda MacKall, 20, of Georgetown.

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Torsten Ove: tove@post-gazette.com or 412-2653-1510.


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