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Charges filed against 6 in Vandergrift drug cases

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Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, 1:36 a.m.

Six people are facing drug charges in Vandergrift, including a man who was released from jail on drug sales charges one week before his latest arrest.

Michael Jon Fundrella, 50, of the 100 block of Franklin Avenue, was in the Westmoreland County jail on Thursday in lieu of $250,000 bond. He is accused of having almost an ounce of crack cocaine when arrested at his home on Dec. 13.

Records show he was charged with having a little more than an ounce of crack cocaine in his residence on Dec. 1. He was released from the jail after posting $25,000 bond on Dec. 6.

Fundrella has been charged with 10 drug counts for that arrest and three more drug charges from last week.

Five other people were arrested on Wednesday by the Attorney General drug task force and Vandergrift and Allegheny Township police.

William E. McMunn Jr., 27, of the 100 block of Lowell Street, Vandergrift, is accused of having about an eighth of an ounce of crack cocaine. He is accused of selling the drug and having drug paraphernalia. He was sent to the county jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.

The other four are accused of selling heroin and having drug paraphernalia.

Three of the five were arrested in Vandergrift. The other two were arrested in Allegheny Township and East Vandergrift.

Vandergrift police Chief Joe Caporali said the five are charged with two counts each of drug possession, having drugs with intent to sell and having drug paraphernalia.

Their names, ages, addresses and bond amounts:

• Raymond B. Turner, 23, of the 200 block of Lowell Street, Vandergrift; $20,000

• Joseph A. Silvis, 22, of the 200 block of Linden St., Vandergrift; $20,000

• Nicole Reichner, 37, of the 300 block of Kennedy Avenue, East Vandergrift; $50,000

• Cody N. Damore, 23, Sandalwood Apartments, Allegheny Township; $10,000.

Preliminary hearings for the six are scheduled for Dec. 31.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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