Police arrest 2 in Sheldon Park drug raid
Harrison Police Officer Chris Cattone leads Tanika Woody of Harrison to a police car along Park Avenue in the Sheldon Park housing plan in Harrison on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, after her arrest for allegedlly selling heroin.
Photo by Eric Felack | Valley News Dispatch
Police found 600 individual doses of heroin, $1,782 in cash and a semi-automatic pistol during a raid of a Sheldon Park apartment in Harrison on Friday morning, they said.
Tanika Woody, 35, who was renting the apartment at 371 Park St., and Dray Blackman, 35, of 415 North Ave., Pittsburgh, were arrested by Harrison and Tarentum police working under the auspices of the state Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation.
Harrison police Chief Mike Klein described Blackman as a mid-level heroin dealer who would sell only 50 heroin bags — known as a brick — at a time.
Klein said heroin is routinely sold at between $10 and $15 per dose in most of the Valley, so the street sales value of the heroin is between $6,000 and $9,000.
Police were checking on Friday to determine who owned the 9 mm pistol that Blackman had placed into a slit in the mattress where he was sleeping.
“He is a convicted felon who is not allowed to possess a gun,” Klein said.
The heroin was inside a closet less than three feet from the bed.
“The handgun was in a place where it was quickly accessible,” Klein said.
Police said Blackman had $2 in his wallet and $1,700 in a pants pocket.
Woody, according to police, had marijuana in her pocket and $80 in one of her shoes.Woody is charged with possession with intent to sell heroin, possession of marijuana and conspiracy.
An affidavit said she sold a brick of heroin to undercover police on Wednesday.
Blackman is charged with possession with intent to sell, possession and having the pistol and two loaded clips even though he is a convicted felon and banned from having firearms.
District Judge Carolyn Bengel arraigned Woody and ordered her held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $100,000 combined bond pending a preliminary hearing on Tuesday. Blackman was sent to the same jail in lieu of $50,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing.
Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More Valley News Dispatch
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.