A woman was allegedly under the influence of marijuana when she backed into a pedestrian in a doctor’s office parking lot, causing serious injuries.
A federal grand jury has indicted 21 people on charges of dealing drugs as part of a trafficking organization operating in Allegheny, Washington and Fayette counties.
They are charged with dealing cocaine, crack, heroin and fentanyl, the U.S. attorney’s office said, following a seven-month wiretap investigation of 10 cellphones and dubbed “Operation Skyfall” by federal agents and police.
Authorities said the ring was led by Marcus Brown of Washington, Pa., who was arrested in October after a trip to pick up drugs in a New Jersey hotel parking lot. It was active across Western Pennsylvania and supplied out of New Jersey.
According to a criminal complaint filed in October, Mr. Brown and Steve Law IV obtained cocaine and heroin from New Jersey suppliers and distributed it in the Pittsburgh region, particularly in Washington County.
Detroit man is being held in the Westmoreland County Prison after state police said they found almost seven pounds of suspected cocaine hidden in his car, according to court papers.
Kenneth Johnson, 36, is charged with two drug offenses.
A trooper was patrolling the Pennsylvania Turnpike Monday afternoon in Hempfield when a Toyota Camry changed lanes and failed to use a turn signal near mile marker 75, according to court papers. The car had two different Michigan registration plates, police said.
During a traffic stop, a warning was issued and the driver, identified as Johnson, permitted police to search the car. Troopers found a “large void” underneath the rear seat and the drugs were inside, according to court papers.
Johnson is being held in lieu of $75,000 bond. He did not have an attorney listed in online court records. A preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 24.
Cocaine availability increased from 2017 to 2018 in the Philadelphia Field Division area, which includes Southwestern Pennsylvania, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s 2019 National Drug Threat Assessment. Cocaine played a role in about 25% of drug overdose deaths in Westmoreland County in 2019, according to coroner statistics.
It’s the second time in less than a month that a large amount of drugs was found in a hidden compartment of a vehicle traveling on the Pennsylvania Turnpike through Westmoreland County. Two New York men were indicted after state police reported finding more than four pounds of fentanyl in their vehicle on Oct. 20 during a traffic stop in Mt. Pleasant Township. The pair told investigators they were headed to Pittsburgh.
A Jeannette man was arraigned Thursday after police reported finding a large amount of cocaine and a drug packaging station in a house where he lived, according to court papers.
Michael Anthony Dewberry, 33, was being held in the Westmoreland County Prison without bond.
Agents from the state attorney general’s office and members of the Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force served a search warrant at a South Seventh Street home on Oct. 19. Police said Dewberry was wanted on several arrest warrants and a narcotics investigation led authorities to the Jeannette home.
Inside, police said they found Dewberry, three other adults and four children. A large amount of cocaine was found separated into five bags in a bedroom chest of drawers that appeared to contain items belonging to Dewberry, according to court papers.
About $4,500 was found in another drawer, police said.
In the basement, authorities found a work bench and microwave that appeared to be used in packaging drugs, according to court papers.
“No food items were located in or near the microwave that would have indicated that it was used for cooking food items,” Agent Jerry Vernail wrote in the complaint.
Police said a white powder residue was found on the microwave’s turntable and on measuring cups, strainers and digital scales. A pistol was wrapped in a rag in a drawer on the work bench, according to court papers.
A Uniontown couple is behind bars after narcotics agents reported finding heroin and crack cocaine in their home where three children live with their parents.
A Jeannette man arrested on consecutive nights last week holding several thousand dollars and large quantities of heroin and crack cocaine was deemed to be “a danger to society” by a judge and ordered held in the county jail without bail.
District Judge Wayne Vlasic of Monessen made the notation in court documents when he refused to set a bond for Duran E. Foster, 25, on multiple drug distribution and possession charges.
Vlasic arraigned Foster after state troopers searched his Division Street home on Friday, seizing 14 bricks of heroin, more than one ounce of crack cocaine, 21 anxiety pills, multiple cell phones and $4,348.
GREENSBURG, Pa. — Police arrested a man after a large heroin bust in Westmoreland County.
Chyrone Rodgers, 32, of Greensburg, was arrested after officers served a search warrant at a home on Broad Street on Wednesday.
Greensburg Police doing a routine check of a man asleep in the driver’s seat of his car in a store parking lot Thursday wound up arresting him for illegal possession of 47 bricks of heroin, a plastic bag of cocaine, several hundred Xanax pills and multiple strips of Suboxone.
Patrolman Kerry Dieter said he also confiscated $11,996 that Brandon E. Carter, 35, of Charleroi, was carrying.
Carter is charged with four counts each of illegal possession and delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, illegal possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm without a license, possession of drug paraphernalia, receiving stolen property and public drunkenness. He was ordered by District Judge Chris Flanigan held in the county prison after failing to post $50,000 bond.
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State police in Indiana County arrested a Johnstown woman for drug possession on Friday, following a traffic stop, according to a news release. Troopers say 25-year-old Kaitlyn Marie Krise was charged with possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, and providing false identification to law enforcement following a traffic stop Friday evening in East Wheatfield Township. Authorities say on Friday, just before 7:30 p. m.