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WESTMORELAND COUNTY (KDKA) — The capture of two fugitives in Westmoreland County led to a drug bust that netted three other fugitives, three stolen firearms and 12 bricks of heroin in a hotel room with children inside.
According to Westmoreland County’s sheriff, the drug bust that netted several fugitives and stolen firearms started at a home in Greensburg on Willow Avenue.
“We were looking for two fugitives,” Westmoreland County Sheriff Jonathan Held said.
When deputies knocked on the door, homeowner Christine Barron answered and said the wanted pair wasn’t there.
However, a deputy at the back door saw one of the fugitives running toward the back of the home.
The two fugitives, wanted on drug-related charges, were arrested inside the home.
Officials found several alleged crack pipes, and Barron was charged with hindering apprehension and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Barron is a drug counselor.
Five people have been indicted on charges of trying to traffic $1.4 million worth of cocaine at Pittsburgh International Airport.
State police received a tip and began watching two vehicles at a Days Inn in Monroeville on Nov. 20. Police followed the vehicles to a short-term parking facility at the airport where officers say the suspects were observed transferring luggage and bags, according to the federal indictment handed up Tuesday,A search uncovered 14 kilogram-sized blocks of cocaine hidden in a rear compartment of one of the vehicles, police said.
Prosecutors said the suspects conspired to deal cocaine in western Pennsylvania and elsewhere from October through November.
Three of the suspects are from Mexico and were visiting the U.S. on tourist visas.
Greensburg police arrested two area men Wednesday for allegedly providing a fentanyl-laced heroin dose that killed a 48-year-old woman last summer.
Julian V. Cancro, 37, of Greensburg, and Matthew T. Caughey, 46, of Youngwood, were charged with drug delivery resulting in death in connection with the Aug. 30 death of Darice R. Franke, 48.
Police were called to Cancro’s apartment on the 500 block of Highland Avenue at 4:22 a.m. Aug. 29 for a report of a woman who had overdosed. Detective Sgt. John Swank said Franke was “unresponsive” on the bathroom floor with two empty stamp bags of heroin and a hypodermic needle lying nearby.
Franke, who has lived in Greensburg and Jeannette, was taken by ambulance to Excela Health Westmoreland hospital in Greensburg where she died the next day, Swank reported.
An unnamed informant tipped state police about a cocaine operation in the Pittsburgh area that resulted in the arrests of five people at a parking garage in the area, according to a complaint filed in federal court.
Authorities found 14 kilogram-sized bricks of suspected cocaine in hidden compartments in the rear wheel wells of a GMC Acadia SUV they searched, according to FBI Agent Darcos Cruz, who is assigned to the state police task force.
The exact location of the Wednesday bust wasn’t detailed in court records.
According to Weirton PD, police arrested Katie A. Smith, 44, after Weirton PD executed a search warrant at North 12th St.
Police say they were able to find a small amount of methamphetamine and items indicative of the distribution of illegal controlled substances.
Smith was arrested for distribution of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute, and possession of a controlled substance.
Also, at the residence was Gary Swiger, 34, who was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance.
SOMERSET BOROUGH, Pa. (WTAJ) — Two people have been charged after making illegal drug deliveries in Somerset Borough November 15.
Police say they were called to assist the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics Investigations in the investigation of a car that was traveling into Somerset Borough to make an illegal drug delivery.
According to police, officers saw the vehicle stopped at the Laundry Arena on Plank Road and they obtained surveillance, which showed a drug delivery.
A K9 officer from the City of Johnstown was called in for a full search and found drug paraphernalia, cash, and 6.3 grams of methamphetamine, police say.
The vehicle’s driver, Stephen Andrew Walter, 50, of Stoystown, and the passenger, Paige Elizabeth Beal, 23, of Meyersdale, are being charged with Prohibited Acts Controlled Substance/Possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Beal was placed in the Somserset County Jail on a $50,000 secured bond and Walter was placed in the Somerset County Jail on a $75,000 secured bond.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A man is facing several charges after police found a large amount of marijuana, crack cocaine, and a loaded weapon during a traffic stop in Bellevue.
Police pulled over Christian Nichols and Amanda Berry on California Avenue and during the process of the traffic stop, police say the two made furtive movements in an effort to hide items in the center console.
PENN HILLS (KDKA) — A 27-year-old man was arrested yesterday after fleeing police and attempting to throw away a bag of marijuana.
Penn Hills Police originally tried to stop Davaughn Jones for not using his turn signal while turning into the Penn Hills Shopping Center from Rodi Road.
The report from an officer states that he was in a marked police car and uniform during the incident and that the Jones was looking at him through the rear view mirror. Another patrol car also pursued Jones after he sped away from the first officer on Universal Road.
Jones then got out of his car on Collins Drive and ran from the Penn Hill officers, which was when he threw a “large bag” of marijuana in a wooded creek bed.
The officers were able to catch up with Jones and arrested him. They found then that Jones had a small bag of cocaine in his possession.
Jones had a warrant for a probation violation for robbery.
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) – Two men have been arrested after police busted a large outdoor marijuana growing operation.
The Franklin Township Police Department shared photos on Facebook of the marijuana seized by them, the Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics and North Sewickley Police Department.
The post says they made a very “sizable” seizure of marijuana.
As of right now, two men have been arrested.
QUEMAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WJAC) — State police in Somerset County say 3 people were arrested this afternoon after receiving credible information of drug activity in a house along Kennedy Road in Quemahoning Township.
According to state police, troopers executed a search warrant and found drug paraphernalia and a stolen dirt bike.
The suspects include a 52-year-old man from Stoystown, a 39-year-old man from Friedens, and a 30-year-old woman from Friedens.
In a release, state police say the drug paraphernalia and the stolen dirt bike were taken as evidence.
(CNN)One Ohio county had an “unusually high number” of overdose deaths in a little over a day, the county’s coroner said.“As of about 10 am this morning we have had 10 people die of overdoses in about 26 hours,” Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz said on Facebook Sunday.“I urge friends and family of those who use to make sure you are armed with naloxone,” Ortiz said on Facebook. “Those who use should also test before using with fentanyl testing strips.”Fentanyl can be mixed with cocaine and methamphetamine to create a deadly combination, the coroner said.The last peak of overdoses that the coroner’s office posted about was in August 12, when six people died in less than 24 hours.“The majority of overdose deaths continue to be fentanyl related,” the coroner said in the statement.
PITTSBURGH – Authorities have identified the three men who died from overdoses at a South Side apartment early Sunday morning.
According to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office, these are the names of the victims who died:
- Joel Pecina, 32
- Josue Serrano, 38
- Rubiel Clemente-Martinez, 32
Each man was pronounced dead by the medical examiner’s office before 6 a.m. Sunday. Four others are in the hospital after being found.
One person was taken into custody Thursday after a brief standoff when Jeannette police and agents from the state Attorney General’s Office attempted to serve an arrest warrant, police said.
Police searched and found two guns, heroin, cocaine and about $800, Binda said. The man’s identity was not released.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (APKDKA) – Gov. Tom Wolf says he is now in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Pennsylvania, and is asking lawmakers to consider it.
Wolf’s announcement Wednesday advances his position from last December, when he signaled that he was open to taking a look at it as it gathered popularity and momentum, particularly in bordering states. Before last winter, he had dismissed the idea.Wolf, a Democrat, made the announcement while releasing a report from Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s statewide listening tour on legalizing marijuana.
Wolf has long supported decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana, although the Legislature hasn’t passed legislation to that effect, and he signed legislation in 2016 creating Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program.
Six people were arrested after a Pennsylvania State Police DUI checkpoint.