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Police investigate 671 holiday crashes

Pennsylvania State Police investigated 671 vehicle crashes resulting in 10 fatalities and 220 injuries during the four-day Labor Day weekend travel period, which ran Sept. 1-4.

Alcohol was a factor in 61 non-fatal crashes and two fatal crashes.

Troopers made 514 arrests for DUI and issued 27,546 traffic citations to include 864 for not wearing a seat belt and 233 tickets for failing to secure children in a child safety seat. Troopers issued 9,110 citations for failing to obey posted speed limits.

In Troop G’s coverage area, which includes Blair County, troopers investigated 31 crashes resulting in five injuries. Two of the crashes were alcohol-related, statistics show.

Troop G officers also made 30 DUI arrests, issued 1,320 speeding citations, 15 child seat violations and 60 seat belt tickets. A total of 91 seat belt warnings were issued, along with 839 other citations. There were 14 criminal arrests by Troop G officers during the four-day holiday weekend.

NY man accused of drug trafficking

A New York man has been charged with trafficking “an alarming amount” of illicit drugs, including 9 kilograms of fentanyl — or 450,000 doses — into Pennsylvania.

Attorney General Michelle Henry said Yan Carlos Pichardo Cepeda, 27, faces felony counts of possession with intent to deliver and related offenses.

Office of Attorney General agents and Allegheny County law enforcement officials arrested Cepeda in Pittsburgh, following a trip from New York. He was arraigned Friday.

Cepada was observed by law enforcement when he arrived in Pittsburgh with a backpack and carrying a suitcase. When agents approached Cepeda, he consented to a search of the backpack, where agents saw a kilogram of fentanyl. Cepeda was taken into custody, and a search of his baggage uncovered the additional narcotics. The drugs were valued at $1.6 million, police reported.

“This is the third major drug arrest in the past several months in downtown Pittsburgh. … The drugs like these, being taken off the streets in Pittsburgh, are responsible for two deaths a day in Allegheny County,” stated Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr.

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