Philipsburg man charged in heroin distribution ring

A Philipsburg man has been charged as part of an investigation into a heroin distribution ring stretching from Pittsburgh to Centre County.

The state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s North Central Strike Force has been looking into heroin distribution in Centre and Clearfield counties. Troopers suspect that people are buying heroin in the Pittsburgh area and bringing it back to the Philipsburg area for resale.

On Sunday, police followed Kevin Aitken, 38, and a Philipsburg woman to Pittsburgh. Police said Aitken bought heroin there. Troopers followed Aitken and the woman back to the Centre County area and, upon searching the pair and their vehicle, discovered heroin and drug paraphernalia, police said.

Aitken was charged with three counts of delivery of heroin, four counts of possession with intent to deliver heroin, four counts of possession of heroin, a count of criminal conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver heroin and a count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

State police at Philipsburg and the bureau’s K-9 unit assisted, and the investigation is continuing, police said.