‘Bad Batch’ of Heroin Hits Hazleton Hard

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HAZLETON, Pa. -- The Hazleton police chief is warning his citizens about what he calls a "bad batch" of heroin. He says there were several overdoses in just 12 hours on Friday, two of which were deadly.

The chief is working with the DEA and the U.S. Attorney's office to find out if these overdoses are all connected. He believes if you use any of this "bad heroin," it will kill you.

"Having five overdoses in a 12-hour period was quite alarming," said Hazleton Police Chief Jerry Speziale.

Police say one of the overdoses happened on Hayes Street, the other on Diamond Avenue.

"It's a nice neighborhood. It's very quiet. People are really friendly. it's a great place to live," said neighbor Damaso Sierra.

The overdose that happened on Hayes Street was not far from where the Hazleton Integration project is, a nonprofit that works to help disadvantaged children and families.

"I follow these things pretty closely and I can't tell you how tragic we believe it is and how deeply affecting it is to everyone in our community," said Hazleton Integration Project President Bob Curry.

Chief Speziale took to social media this weekend to warn people about the bad batch of drugs.

"It's our belief that there is a possibility that this heroin may be laced with fentanyl because of the strength and because of the way these overdoses are taking individuals lives so quickly," said the chief.

He is working with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, The U.S. Attorney's office and the Luzerne County district attorney's office to test the drugs to determine whether they came from the same batch.

"Let me make sure that I make the message clear to those out there that are addicted. This is not something that's going to get you higher. This is not something to chase. This is something to stay away from because it's going to take your life. This is a deadly batch that will kill you."

Chief Speziale says that there have not been any overdoses in Hazleton since his warning went out. He encourages anyone who is struggling with addiction to come to his office for help.


  • jimbrony

    ‘What was that sound, dad?’ ‘Son, that was the sound of BS from Rusty Knyffe and Adalagarzi (same person) being flushed down the toilet.’ *poof* See Rusty, other people think your comments are self-aggrandizing bloviations too. Oh, look – I used big words like you, I must not live in a trailer next to Turkey Hill…

    • Rusty Knyffe

      Ah, JIMBRONY, that makes over 20 direct, personal attacks or insults that don’t include the very vile comparisons that were deleted and all of the effort that you’ve put into singling out MY posts and having them removed. You’ve accused me of being several different people, and them of being me. And, you have the audacity to type, “mental illness?”

      You’re a coward, a troll, and a stalker. You cannot help yourself, JIMBRONY, because you’re small and insignificant. You are enraged because your life is encapsulated in whatever hometown that will tolerate you. You don’t know one smattering about the world, addictions, or much else beyond your own rage issues.

      If it weren’t for the super-creepy stalking behaviors, your sophomoric behavior might even be entertaining. But, you’re “one of those people” that is fueled solely by his own anger. You are pitiful and unwilling to get over yourself long enough to contemplate facts of which you are completely ignorant. What’s YOUR addiction, JIMBRONY? Oh. I know. It’s Rusty Knyffe, isn’t it? LMAOGKY

      • jimbrony

        Wow, over 20. I thought it was less but you’re always right. On April 25th at 0916 AM,
        Rusty Knyffe said: “And, I make this promise to you: I will ignore any/all future comments that are posted by JIMBRONY.” Nice to see you’re still as good as your word. No rage here bro, I’m enjoying life and my place in it. I also enjoy calling you out when I smell BS, and you’re full of it and yourself. You’ve got some serious issues man, seek help.

  • shinky43

    Lots of extensive comments from Wnep viewers on drugs and sex crime stories. Yet when there’s a bean soup block party article or special report on cheese sandwiches no one is around to comment. Support your local handyworkers wnepviewers!

  • skookamania

    I never knew there was a such thing as a good batch! The skook, shamokin and hazleton metros have bright futures. I wish those scam distribution center mongers Sedco or Cando would pay people for a one way ticket out of town!

  • donny hud43987

    If you’re stupid enough to be shooting heroin what do you think is going to happen to you? Are you nuts?… a bad batch? Anytime you shoot heroin you’re rolling dice.. death or prison is your end result when you are shooting heroin

  • lickerblisters

    “It’s a nice neighborhood. It’s a quiet place,” said Damaso Sierra. Compared to where??? The filthy, violent Mexican shanty towns south of Brownsville, TX.? DRUGS ARE BAD MMKAY?

    • skookamania

      The rural hills of west Virginia or the suburbs of gary indiana, even have more to offer then the Hazle, skookie, shamokin and Tamaqua these days. Taco bell cant even make ends meet here, malls closed up shop and people are falling in love with the cheesesamitch.

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