Last updated: May 29. 2014 2:50PM -
By JOE MANDAK The Associated Press

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PITTSBURGH — Federal prosecutors and the FBI say they’ve charged 44 people in a suburban Pittsburgh heroin ring that brazenly sold drugs while wearing t-shirts with the slogan, “Bricks R Us.”

In drug parlance, a brick is a group of 10 stamp — or individual dose — bags of heroin.

U.S. Attorney David Hickton and the FBI say the group was supplied out of Newark, New Jersey, and sold their drugs in Pittsburgh but, mostly, in several of its south and east suburbs.

Many of those regions are crime-ridden, but many of the deals occurred openly in Monroeville, a middle-class community about 15 miles east of the city known for a major mall and a diverse shopping and restaurant district known as the Miracle Mile.

The feds say 12 of the suspects remain at-large.

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