August 8, 1997

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Police identify bar as center of cocaine ring

By ANTHONY BREZNICAN

The Associated Press

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities have arrested four suspected drug dealers and seized a Butler County sports bar they say was the base of a cocaine trafficking ring.

Salvatore Amedure and Thomas Holderman, co-owners of the Time Out Sports Bar and Halftime Cafe, were arrested Monday morning for allegedly arranging the sale of more than 500 grams of cocaine.

The drugs, valued at more than $20,000, were sold to undercover officers during a 17 month investigation.

Also arested were Ed Turney, 60, of Carnegie, who police say supplied the cocaine, and James Knight, who handled some of the drug sales for Amedure.

Two other individuals involved in the trafficking operation are being sought, according to State Attorney General Mike Fisher. Officials have refused to reales those names.

If convicted, the suspects face lengthy prison terms and fines. Amedure, 36, and Holderman, 48, could also lose their bar since using property as a site for drug sales makes it subject to forfeiture under state law.

Kevin Harley, a spokesman for Fisher said the bar will remain open until the forfeiture proceedings are finalized.