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DA: Heroin use rising in Cumberland County

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Cedric L. Daniels (left) and Rashun C. Greggs (submitted) Cedric L. Daniels (left) and Rashun C. Greggs (submitted)
CAMP HILL, Pa. (WHTM) -

Cumberland County officials on Wednesday laid out some startling statistics about drug use in the county.

District Attorney Dave Freed said that in the first four months of the year, there have already been 13 drug-related deaths. To put that number into perspective, officials said there were a total of 17 drug-related deaths both last year and in 2011.

Heroin is to blame for a number of those deaths.

"We have seen a marked uptick in heroin distribution and use within the county over the last few months. Along with that, we have seen an increase in drug-related deaths," said Freed, who blamed the county-wide drug increase on availability.

The statistics were announced during a news conference where police said they arrested two brothers and seized 160 bags of heroin during a drug bust this week in Camp Hill.

The Cumberland County District Attorney's Office and the Camp Hill Borough Police Department announced charges Wednesday against Cedric L. Daniels, 41, and Rashun C. Greggs, 35.

According to criminal complaints in the case, an undercover officer purchased heroin from Daniels three times before the Cumberland County Drug Task Force served a search warrant Tuesday at the brothers' apartment in the 100 block of November Drive.

Daniels had nearly $1,700 in cash in a pants pocket, while Greggs had 100 bags of heroin on his pockets at the time of their arrests, according to the documents, and another 60 bags of heroin were found in a suitcase in the master bedroom of their apartment.

Authorities in the documents said they also recovered $100 from the apartment, including four $20 bills that had been used during the undercover drug buys.

Both men were charged with felony counts of possession with intent to deliver and sent to the Cumberland County Prison on $250,000 bail.

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