Parolee charged after found in Greensburg alley with suspected heroin, cops say
Acting on citizens’ complaints of late night drug sales, Greensburg police last week took into custody a recently paroled Allegheny County man carrying a bundle of suspected heroin.
Jajuan Dudley, 24, of McKeesport, was arraigned on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and criminal use of a communication facility, after his arrest by city police in an alley near Myer Way.
Dudley had been released recently from a state prison after serving separate terms for drug distribution in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties.
District Judge Chris Flanigan ordered Dudley held in the Westmoreland County Prison without bond Thursday for violating terms of his parole. According to online court dockets, Dudley was released in June from a state prison after serving a three-to-six-year sentence following his conviction in Allegheny County.
Dudley was among four people arrested inside a Swissvale home in February 2014 after authorities executed a search warrant and discovered two handguns, nine bricks of heroin, crack, ecstasy, marijuana and $4,700 in cash.
The home on Lloyd Avenue was less than a quarter mile north of Woodland Hills Junior High School.
In 2012, Dudley was identified by state police in Greensburg as part of a heroin distribution network in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. In 2014, he was sentenced in Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court to serve a nine-to-23-month sentence.
In court documents, Officer Garrett McNamara said police were on patrol late Wednesday and found a 2009 Nissan sedan with its passenger door open “blocking the road.” He said police saw Dudley walking towards a residence.
Dudley stopped at the request of officers. McNamara said he was found to be in possession of 15 stamp bags of heroin, $299 and two cell phones.
On Friday, McNamara charged the driver of the vehicle, Lauren D. Smith, 20, of Greensburg, with child endangerment, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license.
Police allege in court documents Smith had her children, a 1 year old and a 4 year old, in the vehicle for a drug transaction. Police also confiscated a knife with a serrated blade in the rear seat near the children.
In Smith’s purse, police found 22 empty stamp bags of heroin and a spoon with suspected drug residue, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
McNamara said in court documents Smith claimed she was not aware Dudley was allegedly attempting to sell drugs and she was just providing him a ride to Myer Way.
A preliminary hearing for Dudley is scheduled Sept. 27 before Flanigan.
Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.