Four face drug charges after NK hotel-room raid
NEW KENSINGTON: Three men and a woman were arraigned Wednesday before District Justice Frank J. Pallone Jr. on drug-related charges after police raided their hotel room Tuesday night.
Police said they executed a search warrant at the Clarion Hotel along Tarentum Bridge Road about 10 p.m. Tuesday, finding about 5 grams of suspected crack cocaine and various drug paraphernalia in the room the four were occupying.
The four who were arraigned before Pallone were Kelli Lynn Price, 27, of New Kensington; Brandon Lee Cargile, 22, of New Kensington; Wayne David Coursey, 42, of Tarentum and Michael Terrance Scott, 27, of Cleveland.
Cargile and Scott face two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, one count of possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia and one count of criminal conspiracy.
Price and Coursey face two counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia and one count of criminal conspiracy.
Each suspect except Price has a criminal record, and each but Price told Pallone he was innocent.
“I didn’t have anything in my possession because I just got there,” Scott said.
Because Scott is an out-of-state resident, Pallone considered him a possible flight risk and set his bail at $50,000.
Scott said he served eight months of jail time in 1996 for a drug-related crime.
Cargile, who at 17 faced homicide charges that were dropped after a coroner’s inquest and who recently had a baby with his girlfriend, told Pallone that he had his own room at the hotel and that nothing police confiscated belonged to him.
“I just brought my newborn home,” Cargile said.
He also admitted to Pallone to frequently smoking marijuana.
Cargile is on probation until 2006 for simple assault and gun charges. Pallone set his bail at $40,000.
Coursey said he had been arrested in Maryland more than 15 years ago on drug charges. He said he spent three years in a rehabilitation program and has been clean since 1999.
Pallone set Coursey’s bail at $20,000
In response to a complaint from Price when he set her bail at $25,000, Pallone said: “Illegal drugs are a danger to our community. Don’t sit there and tell me what’s (extravagant). Think about what you’re doing while you’re in jail.”
Price said she was unsure if she will hire a private attorney. The three men said they will use public defenders.
The four will face preliminary hearings Oct. 2 before Pallone.