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Pennsylvania Police raids arrest 46 suspects, accused of running ‘Full Service Pharmacy’ drug trafficking enterprise

June 28, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Pennsylvania Police raids arrest 46 suspects, accused of running ‘Full Service Pharmacy’ drug trafficking enterprise

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Pennsylvania authorities have taken 46 people into custody and charged for their roles in an extensive drug trafficking enterprise that sold heroin, crack cocaine, crystal meth, and other illicit drugs across Chester County, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

“Operation Wildlife” was an eight-week on the group, which the DA’s office said targeted suspected drug dealers present in every section of Chester County.

Authorities in Phoenixville, Tredyffrin, Spring City, Downingtown, Oxford, and Parkesburg were all recognized by the DA’s Office for helping to carry out the arrests.

Heroin bought by police during Operation Wildfire

In a Tuesday news conference, the DA’s Office said the dealers put out a “full-service pharmacy” out on the street.

In addition to heroin, morphine, oxycodone, suboxone, MDMA, Vicodin, Xanax, and Diazepam were also sold by the group, according to CBS Philadelphia.

Among the 46 members of the drug trafficking enterprise included Barry Baker Sr., who’s son Barry Baker Jr. recently made headlines for and unprovoked assault against a victim with cerebral palsy.

“So while his son was beating up a man with a disability, Barry Baker Sr. was selling us morphine. It’s a heck of a family,” District Attorney Tom Hogan said.

(L to R), Barry Baker Sr., whose son Barry Baker Jr. was charged with attacking a man with cerebral palsy, was among the 46 arrested. Photo credit: Chester County District Attorney’s Office

The D.A. also said the arrests provided a snapshot into the county’s spiraling opioid epidemic, which has steadily increased in recent years.

For 2017, law enforcement officials estimate the number of overdose-related deaths could reach 150, compared to 97 fatalities in 2016 and 60 recorded in 2015.

“Sometimes you got to set a fire to stop a fire, which is what we did here, we took a bunch of our drug cops and had them for two months do nothing but go after heroin dealers and opioid dealers,” Hogan added.

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