State Police have released a correction to some information concerning the recent arrests that were a part of “Operation Grinch”, a roundup of mid-level drug dealers in Indiana County and surrounding areas.
State police are now saying that 43-year-old Edward Nicholas Russian in Saltsburg, who was originally reported as arrested, is now reported to have passed away. Circumstances surrounding Russian’s death have not been made available.
Russian was one of ten individuals who was charged with some drug-related crimes. Eight others were arrested by police, while the tenth person, 31-year-old Joshua Adam Gates of Downsville, Louisiana, remains at large.
All the people that were a part of Operation Grinch face charges of either delivery of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communications facility.