2 arrested after Jeannette raid turns up heroin, crack, gun
An early-morning raid Thursday netted 928 stamp bags of heroin and a stolen handgun from a Jeannette apartment in the same block as the city’s police station.
Two suspects were charged and police Chief Shannon Binda promised that more arrests for similar violations elsewhere in the city will follow.
“We will continue to be aggressive in our investigation toward the drug and firearms trafficking that has plagued this region for years,” Binda said. “We’re not going to stop.”
Investigators from various agencies served a search warrant at a Magee Avenue apartment at 6 a.m. and found Bruce Frank David Jr., 20, of the Perry South section of Pittsburgh, and a 17-year-old male, also from Pittsburgh, asleep in the living room, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
“The firearm … was within arm’s reach of one of the actors,” Binda said.
The apartment is about 50 feet from the First United Methodist Church child care center where a playground and bus stop are located, according to records.
Mayor Richard Jacobelli praised the officers involved in the raid.
“We’re going to make every effort to find these houses … find the drug sales and eliminate the problem,” he said.
In addition to the loaded 9 mm Taurus semi-automatic handgun, which police said had been reported stolen, investigators found the stamp bags of heroin in a cloth bag, $60 in cash, about 3 grams of crack cocaine and seven cell phones, according to records. The stamp bags were marked “Take Off” and “Fireman,” police said.
Jeannette’s police dog located pieces of drug paraphernalia inside a storage container in a bedroom, police said.
Jeannette officers were assisted by members of the Westmoreland County Drug Task Force, police from North Huntingdon and Penn townships, and agents from the state Attorney General’s Office.
David is charged with receiving stolen property, possession with intent to deliver, three counts of drug possession and 21 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Westmoreland County jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing before Jeannette District Judge Joseph DeMarchis is scheduled for Sept. 10.
A petition in juvenile court will be filed against the other suspect, police said.
Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or email@example.com.