7 arrested in Latrobe-area drug dealing |

7 arrested in Latrobe-area drug dealing

Seven suspected drug dealers in Westmoreland County were arrested Friday morning in a sweep by members of the Westmoreland County Drug Task Force, who had been working the cases since the spring.

The suspects allegedly were dealing heroin, methamphetamine and prescription medication, police said.

The drug deals occurred from March to October in Derry Township, Latrobe, Seward and Unity, according to the charges.

Derry Borough and Latrobe police were listed as the arresting police departments on the charges filed this week. Multiple police departments assisted in the arrests, police said.

Neither Latrobe Detective John Sleasman nor Latrobe Police Chief James Bumar could be reached for comment.

Those charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin and possession of a controlled substance were: Peter B. Thomas, 26; Nicholas P. Grasmick, 26; and Marcus J. Grasmick, 22, all of Latrobe.

Thomas, Nicholas Grasmick and Marcus J. Grasmick were arraigned before Unity District Judge Michael Mahady. Thomas was placed in the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bond and Marcus J. and Nicholas P. Grasmick were both jailed in lieu of $25,000 bond. The three face a preliminary hearing on Dec. 1 before Mahady.

Mark E. Shaffer, 56; Mark V. Repko, 43, and Christine L. Keener, all of Latrobe, were arrested on charges of possession with intent to deliver prescription medication and possession of a controlled substance.

The trio were arraigned before Mahady. Repko was jailed in lieu of $25,000 bond. Keener’s bond was set at $20,000 and Shaffer’s is $10,000. Both are in jail.

Joanne Foltz, 46, of Seward was charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance. Foltz was arraigned before Ligonier District Judge Denise Snyder Thiel and jailed in lieu of $15,000 bond. She faces a preliminary hearing on Dec. 5.

Police have warrants for two others to be charged with intent to deliver heroin: Paul E. Plymale, 24 of Latrobe and Robert A. Sisley, 50, of Greensburg.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5252 or [email protected].

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