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Officials: Heroin that caused 12 overdoses did not contain fentanyl


By: Marc Stempka

EBENSBURG, Pa. -- Cambria County officials confirmed the heroin that led to a dozen overdoses in the greater Johnstown area last week did not contain fentanyl, a drug that lead to several heroin overdose deaths earlier this year.

Officials also said two additional arrests, including teenage girl, were arrested for dealing the drug.

Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan said Wednesday the 7 of Hearts heroin that caused 12 overdoses in the span of three days in Cambria and Somerset counties contained heroin, caffeine, Quinine and Neurontin.

The Pennsylvania State Police crime lab in Greensburg confirmed the substances, Callihan said. Quinine is a malaria treatment drug and Neurontin is an anti-epileptic drug.

Fentanyl was a concern as a source of the overdoses after a Johnstown man was arrested after the drug was found at his home, along with heroin and other drug paraphernalia, during a raid two weeks ago. Fentanyl-laced heroin also led to several overdose deaths in the Pittsburgh area in January.

The 7 of Hearts heroin led to eight overdoses in Cambria County in a three-hour span on May 1 and four overdoses in Somerset County between April 29 and May 1.

Callihan said although the fentanyl was not detected in the mixture, the combination of the drugs was clearly potent.

On Saturday, Aaron Wade Walters was arrested by investigators for allegedly dealing the 7 of Hearts heroin.

Callihan said Wednesday that Irief Littleberry and a 17-year-old female were arrested by the Cambria County Drug Task Force for their alleged involvement in the 7 of Hearts heroin incident.

Littleberry was placed in the Cambria County prison and the teenager was being housed at the Cambria County Juvenile Detention Center.

Officials: Heroin that caused 12 overdoses did not contain fentanyl

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