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Elizabethtown Police Work Leads to Major Drug Bust Announced by U.S. Attorney

Elizabethtown Police Chief Ed Cunningham said his agency’s work led to charges against seven people in an alleged heroin trafficking conspiracy.

Cunningham told the Borough Council at its meeting on Thursday, April 4, that he and Detective Dustin H. Ryan had been invited to a news conference in Harrisburg the previous day in which U.S. Attorney David J. Freed announced the charges. He said the charges stemmed from a 2017 overdose death in Elizabethtown.

“All of that started with one case here in Elizabethtown Borough and our officers following up diligently,” Cunningham said.

Cunningham noted that his agency is seeking applicants for new officers. He said applications will be accepted through Wednesday, May 1, and that both physical agility tests and written tests will be given on Saturday, May 18. In an interview after the meeting, Cunningham said one opening is expected to come up because of an impending retirement and he is hoping to get the Borough Council to authorize adding one more officer to the force, which now consists of Cunningham and 17 other officers.

Cunningham also noted that arrests for driving under the influence were up in March because his agency had participated in two DUI checkpoints, one roving checkpoint and one stationary checkpoint on South Market Street. He said 19 officers from eight departments participated in the stationary checkpoint, which resulted in four DUI arrests and one drug possession arrests, plus two people being successfully referred to a second-chance program for people with substance abuse problems.

In other business, councilors approved a 120-day extension for a land development plan for a proposed auto parts store. A 45-day extension for the proposed AutoZone store was granted in January, but Planning and Zoning Director Pamela Craddock said a contractual issue with the property owner had to be worked out. She confirmed that an appointment with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation about the project had been canceled while everything is on hold. All members present voted to grant the extension until Aug. 17; Councilman Neil Ketchum was absent.

In the only other action taken in the 14-minute meeting, all members present voted to approve a request for proposals for pension plan investment services.

“We haven’t gone through this process for this service in many, many years, at least 20,” Borough Manager Roni Ryan said, noting that this was both for the police pension plan and the separate plan for non-uniformed employees.

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