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12 heroin overdoses in 72 hours linked to same batch


By: Marc Stempka

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- Officials are continuing to investigate a series of heroin overdoses, including a dozen within 72 hours between Cambria and Somerset counties.

Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan said Friday the overdoses happened between the two counties from Tuesday to Thursday.

Callihan said the 12 patients were taken on Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown for treatment. Eight of those were taken to for medical treatment within three hours Thursday.

Officials with the Cambria County Drug Task Force and Callihan said the overdoses were linked to a batch of heroin labeled "7 of Hearts."

Of the eight overdoses in Cambria County on Thursday, four happened in the Moxham section of Johnstown, two were in East Taylor Township and two were in Conemaugh Township. They happened in the evening hours.

The four others happened in Somerset County.

Officials said none of the overdoses were fatal.

Investigators are working to learn the source of the heroin. They're looking to see what the drug may have been mixed with that could have prompted such a high number of overdoses within a short period of time.

On Monday, The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office and law enforcement officers in Cambria County raided the home of Jermaine Jones in Johnstown.

Officials found heroin and fentanyl during the raid. AG's officials said Friday the "7 of Hearts" stamp bags were not seized during the raid.

Jones was arrested on several drug-related charges and placed in the Cambria County prison.

Earlier this year, heroin laced with fentanyl caused several overdose deaths in the Pittsburgh area.

12 heroin overdoses in 72 hours linked to same batch

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