Cambria County DA: Stamp bags didn’t contain fentanyl

EBENSBURG – Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan said Wednesday stamped bags of heroin marked “Seven of Hearts” did not contain fentanyl, although they are still likely responsible for a dozen nonfatal overdoses last week.

Officials said last week the stamp bags were thought to be the cause of 12 overdoses over three days – including eight within hours of each other May 1 in Johnstown’s Moxham neighborhood, East Taylor Township and Conemaugh Township in Somerset County.

Police and community leaders said the heroin could have been laced with fentanyl, the substance responsible for a slew of fatal heroin deaths in western Pennsylvania earlier this year.

Lab tests showed the heroin contained caffeine along with the painkillers quinine and neurontin.

Police arrested Irief Littleberry, 21, of Johnstown Tuesday for allegedly delivering the heroin. He remains in Cambria County Prison on 10 percent of a $50,000 bond. A 17-year-old girl was also arrested and is housed in the Cambria County Juvenile Detention Center.

An investigation is ongoing.