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Busted once for heroin, Harrison woman faces more drug charges

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A Harrison woman who was arrested last week for allegedly selling $100 worth of heroin last fall is facing even more charges after police say they found $3,500 worth of the drug in her apartment.

Jennifer M. Frain, 25, of 18-B Park Avenue, in Sheldon Park, is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Authorities say Frain sold $100 worth of heroin to an informant at the apartment last Nov. 11 — and gave a discount.

According to an affidavit, Frain gave the witness back $10 and said, “I'm giving you a deal today — 90 (dollars).”

After further investigation and lab tests to confirm that it was heroin, police arrested Frain last Thursday for that earlier sale and searched her apartment.

Police said they found about $3,500 worth of heroin in the apartment. The drug was contained in 351 individually wrapped doses in a bag between a window and a screen. Police also say they found about $600 between mattresses.

Frain was charged with three heroin charges related to the November case and two additional drug charges for the items found inside the apartment last week. The most serious is heroin possession with the intent to sell it.

Frain was arraigned by District Judge Carolyn Bengel and was sent to the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh.

She was later released after posting a combined $70,000 bond.

Harrison police Chief Mike Klein said the apartment was getting a reputation as the place to go for drugs.

“We've expressed our concern in the past of residents who utilize their apartment for a motel, drug haven or illegal recreation center.

“Similar illegal activity should anticipate similar results,” Klein said, “as the resolve of the majority of the residents as well as police departments' will remain firm.”

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or

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