Cops: Man sleeping in car in Greensburg found with 47 bricks of heroin, cocaine, anxiety pills and nearly $12K | TribLIVE.com

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.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, ppeirce@triblive.com or via Twitter .

Source: Cops: Man sleeping in car in Greensburg found with 47 bricks of heroin, cocaine, anxiety pills and nearly $12K | TribLIVE.com

Major bust uncovers over 1,000 fentanyl stamp bags, evidence of possible dog fighting ring in Penn Hills

A major drug bust in Penn Hills uncovered more than 1,000 fentanyl stamp bags and evidence of a possible dog fighting ring.

Source: Major bust uncovers over 1,000 fentanyl stamp bags, evidence of possible dog fighting ring in Penn Hills

PSP: Johnstown woman found with 260 Ecstasy pills following traffic stop in Indiana Co. | WJAC

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.

Source: PSP: Johnstown woman found with 260 Ecstasy pills following traffic stop in Indiana Co. | WJAC

27 Indicted In International Drug Ring Bust – CBS Pittsburgh

More than two dozen people have been indicted for their alleged links to an international drug ring in Pittsburgh.

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – More than two dozen people have been indicted for their alleged links to an international drug ring in Pittsburgh.

U.S. Attorney Scott Brady says the drug pipeline started with Mexican cartels, which sent large quantities of cocaine into the U.S. through California and Arizona. These drugs then ended up on the streets of Pittsburgh.

Operation Tripwire started 2 years ago after the postal service found cocaine hidden in a package.

“This is a major organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine across the entire country and has direct ties to the Sinaloan Cartel in Mexico,” Brady said.

Investigators say the operation is one of the largest ever undertaken in western Pennsylvania.

The 27 people named in the indictment — including several from the Pittsburgh area — could face 10 years to life in prison, a fine of up to $10,000,000 or both.

Source: 27 Indicted In International Drug Ring Bust – CBS Pittsburgh

Charges announced against fentanyl trafficking gang operating in Pittsburgh, Wilkinsburg

Officials are announcing criminal charges against more than two dozen people involved in a fentanyl trafficking gang operating in the City of Pittsburgh’s eastern neighborhoods and Wilkinsburg.

This extensive investigation was led by the FBI – Pittsburgh, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – Pittsburgh Division, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, the Latrobe Police Department, the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, the Munhall Police Department, the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, Allegheny County Probation, the Wilkinsburg Police Department, the Monroeville Police Department, and the Penn Hills Police Department.

Authorities indicted 26 gang members and six associates on numerous drug trafficking and weapons-related charges.

Twenty-three of them were arrested Thursday. Authorities seized $152,000 dollars in cash and a significant quantity of drugs including fentanyl and heroin.

U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said the arrests are the latest in a series of efforts to break up gangs with ties to larger drug distributors along the east coast and midwest.

Source: Charges announced against fentanyl trafficking gang operating in Pittsburgh, Wilkinsburg

Ten charged federally in connection with ’11 Hunnit’ gang in the Hill District | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ten people from Pittsburgh, McKees Rocks, Pitcairn and other Allegheny County communities have been charged with drug dealing following an FBI-led wiretap investigation into the 11 Hunnit street gang in the Hill District that federal agents say was led in part by slain rapper Jimmy Wopo.

The 10 were charged in four complaints filed earlier this month in federal court and unsealed on Wednesday.

The first complaint charges five people with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine from January 2020 until this month: Phillip Robinson, 30, of Pittsburgh; Joseph Clancy, 46, of Pittsburgh; Tyree Campbell, 29, of Pittsburgh; Tracy Bullock, 51, of McKees Rocks; and Sanzio Williams, 31, of Pitcairn.

Wiretaps and surveillance revealed that Clancy supplied Robinson, who redistributed the drugs to the other alleged co-conspirators.

Source: Ten charged federally in connection with ’11 Hunnit’ gang in the Hill District | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Cops: Man stopped for suspended license in Greensburg carrying nearly 2 bricks of heroin | TribLIVE.com

   
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A Jeannette man pulled over in Greensburg Saturday after an officer suspected him of driving with a suspended license was found with nearly two bricks of heroin, police said.

Moziah S. Harris, 28, was stopped driving his 2015 Honda about 2:25 a.m. along the 100 block College Avenue by Patrolman Hank Fontana Jr.

Fontana reported in court documents that he recognized Harris from prior arrests and suspected he was driving on a suspended license. Fontana said that Harris got out of his vehicle after the stop “and dropped one stamp of suspected heroin marked ‘Jet Fuel’ out of his left hand and onto the pavement.”

Source: Cops: Man stopped for suspended license in Greensburg carrying nearly 2 bricks of heroin | TribLIVE.com

DA’s drug task force busts major pot-growing operation in Penn Hills | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Police Thursday night busted a major marijuana growing operation in a senior citizen’s basement in Penn Hills, seizing guns, cash and hundreds of pot plants estimated to be worth a half-million dollars on the street.

The 66-year-old homeowner, Kenneth Creekmore, who is facing drug charges, told authorities that he was selling the marijuana to people who needed it for medical purposes and to make extra money, according to a criminal complaint.

Mr. Creekmore is not authorized to sell medical marijuana, the complaint said.

Reached at home Friday morning, Mr. Creekmore said, “I got nothing to say. I don’t know anything.”

Asked how all the marijuana plants got in his house, he said, “No comment. Bye,” and hung up on a reporter.

Authorities will charge Mr. Creekmore by summons with running the operation out of the basement of his home in the 5800 block of Heberton Drive.

He is facing two felony counts — of manufacturing and possession with intent to deliver — and a misdemeanor count of prohibited acts.

Source: DA’s drug task force busts major pot-growing operation in Penn Hills | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Florida man tortured 2-year-old with torch, airsoft gun while wearing werewolf mask, sheriff says | WPXI

Andrew Ross-Celaius, who is accused of beating and burning the girl, was acquitted in the 2006 killing of a 2-year-old boy.   PENSACOLA, Fla. – A Florida man previously acquitted in the killing of a child was arrested last month and charged with torturing his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter, sometimes while wearing a werewolf mask, authorities said. … Continue reading “Florida man tortured 2-year-old with torch, airsoft gun while wearing werewolf mask, sheriff says | WPXI”

Andrew Ross-Celaius, who is accused of beating and burning the girl, was acquitted in the 2006 killing of a 2-year-old boy.

 

PENSACOLA, Fla. – A Florida man previously acquitted in the killing of a child was arrested last month and charged with torturing his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter, sometimes while wearing a werewolf mask, authorities said.

Andrew Bennett Ross-Celaius, 37, of Pensacola, was arrested April 9 and charged with six counts of aggravated child abuse, four counts of child abuse, a variety of drug charges, possession of a weapon, tampering with evidence and a probation violation, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. Another man, Eric Everett Furnans, 36, of Pensacola, was arrested Tuesday and charged with destroying evidence in the case after Ross-Celaius was taken into custody. He has since been booked on drug charges

Source: Florida man tortured 2-year-old with torch, airsoft gun while wearing werewolf mask, sheriff says | WPXI

Illinois marijuana legalization bill would allow possession up to 30 grams, 5 plants grown at home – Chicago Tribune

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposal to legalize marijuana in Illinois would allow adults 21 and over to possess up to 30 grams, grow five plants at home and open a path to expungement of convictions, including some felonies. Source: Illinois marijuana legalization bill would allow possession up to 30 grams, 5 plants grown at home – … Continue reading “Illinois marijuana legalization bill would allow possession up to 30 grams, 5 plants grown at home – Chicago Tribune”

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposal to legalize marijuana in Illinois would allow adults 21 and over to possess up to 30 grams, grow five plants at home and open a path to expungement of convictions, including some felonies.

Source: Illinois marijuana legalization bill would allow possession up to 30 grams, 5 plants grown at home – Chicago Tribune