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20 charged in Western Pennsylvania drug crackdown

A Greensburg police investigation spanning a year and a half has led to charges against more than 20 suspected Western Pennsylvania drug dealers.

The probe culminated last week with charges being filed in connection with 42 incidents, according to city police Capt. Chad Zucco. Records from Greensburg District Judge James Albert’s court provided information on 30 of those incidents.

Most of the suspected dealers were found with the help of confidential informants who reported criminal activity to Greensburg police Detective Jerry Vernail. The informants were given police money to purchase the drugs under police surveillance. They then turned the purchased drugs over to police for analysis and to be used as evidence.

“It was just a number of controlled buys that kept leading to other people,” Zucco said.

State police assisted with the investigation.

The arrests were made all at once rather than over the course of the investigation to keep from revealing the identity of informants or compromising ongoing investigations, Zucco said.

Most of the charges were heroin-related, Zucco said. The narcotic has become more prevalent in Greensburg during the past five to 10 years, replacing cocaine as the drug of choice, he said.

All of those arrested in the roundup, Zucco said, are street-level dealers who probably get their supplies from larger markets.

“The ones from around here are most likely getting it from the bigger cities. They’re getting it from Pittsburgh and bringing it into Westmoreland County,” he said.

Most of those charged are slated to appear before the Greensburg district judge.

These people were each charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance for alleged involvement in heroin deals:

• Brian Dumnich, 30, of Greensburg, who faces two counts of each charge.

• Adam Hutchinson, 35, of Greensburg.

• Tammy Kemerer, 29, of Greensburg.

• Nathan Kinzey, 21, of Hunker. Kinzey faces three counts of each charge, along with a single count of conspiracy.

• William Kolesar, 40, of Pittsburgh.

• Craig Nelson, 25, of Pittsburgh, who faces three counts of each charge.

• Craig Pompilio, 42, of Greensburg, who faces three counts of each charge, along with a single charge of conspiracy.

• Patricia Tamuschy, 43, of Youngwood, who also faces one count of conspiracy.

• Victoria Tamuschy, 26, of Greensburg, who faces three counts of each charge.

• Amanda Wright, 32, of Greensburg, who faces two counts of each charge.

The following suspects face other drug-related charges:

• Justin Bialowas, 26, of Greensburg, with conspiracy for allegedly helping Kinzey sell heroin.

• Brett Fowler, 32, of Greensburg, with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance for allegedly selling marijuana.

• Harold Haller, 33, of Jeannette, with heroin possession.

• Danielle Jellison, 26, of Derry, with heroin possession.

• Ulysses Johnson Jr., 28, of Greensburg, with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance for allegedly selling cocaine.

• Roger Perrine, 37, of Greensburg, with two counts each of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance for allegedly selling dihydrocodeinone, an opiate.

• Edward Showman, 30, of Connellsville. Showman faces two counts each of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance for allegedly selling cocaine.

• Bruce Weyandt, 19, of North Huntingdon was charged with one count each of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance for allegedly selling 25C-NBOMe, a hallucinogenic.

Jacob Tierney is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6646 or [email protected].


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