Burns stands with law enforcement for unveiling of ramped-up ‘Push out the Pusher’ campaign

EBENSBURG, Feb. 18 – Standing with representatives of more than a dozen law enforcement agencies as well as the Cambria County district attorney, state Rep. Frank Burns today helped kick off a ramped-up effort to eradicate illegal drugs.

As part of the "Push out the Pusher" campaign involving Cambria County Crime Stoppers, which Burns has helped sponsor since its inception, the renewed effort to combat heroin and other drug use in the area includes a maximum tip line reward increase from $5,000 to $8,000.

"Since this program started in 2014, it’s paid out more than $14,000 and resulted in 386 arrests," said Burns, who attended a news conference at the Richland Police Department. "It’s been effective in helping get heroin and other dangerous illegal drugs off our streets. Now the focus is shifting toward getting drug dealers to turn in each other."

The boosted top reward – actual amounts are determined by police and the county’s drug task force – is envisioned as a way to entice drug dealers to take advantage of what’s billed as "a free service to help you eliminate your competition," Burns said.