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Waterworks drug bust results in Arnold crystal meth seizure

Chuck Biedka
| Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 2:33 p.m.
Westmoreland County Detective John Clark peers out while searching a rental at 1823 Ridge Ave. in Arnold following the renter's arrest for conspiracy to sell crystal meth on Tuesday, July 14, 2015.
Erica Dietz | Trib Total Media
Westmoreland County Detective John Clark peers out while searching a rental at 1823 Ridge Ave. in Arnold following the renter's arrest for conspiracy to sell crystal meth on Tuesday, July 14, 2015.
Timothy Bollinger
Timothy Bollinger
Keith R. Woods
Keith R. Woods
Cash, drugs and paraphernalia are displayed at the North Versailles police station in Allegheny County after a bust involving departments from Allegheny and Westmoreland counties resulted in two arrests on Tuesday, July 14, 2015.
Patrick Cloonan | Trib Total Media
Cash, drugs and paraphernalia are displayed at the North Versailles police station in Allegheny County after a bust involving departments from Allegheny and Westmoreland counties resulted in two arrests on Tuesday, July 14, 2015.
North Versailles police Officer Norm Locke tells reporters that departments from Allegheny and Westmoreland counties came together to accomplish a methamphetamine bust that resulted in two arrests.
Patrick Cloonan | Trib Total Media
North Versailles police Officer Norm Locke tells reporters that departments from Allegheny and Westmoreland counties came together to accomplish a methamphetamine bust that resulted in two arrests.

An undercover drug buy in The Waterworks mall parking lot in Pittsburgh resulted in a raid at a house in Arnold that allegedly yielded several ounces of methamphetamine and other illicit drugs.

Timothy Bollinger, 44, of 1823 Ridge Ave., Arnold, and Keith R. Woods, 35, of Rankin are accused of conspiracy to sell crystal meth, according to the district attorneys of Westmoreland and Allegheny counties.

Bollinger is additionally accused of three other drug charges, and Woods also is accused of criminal use of a communications facility.

The men were arrested Monday in the The Waterworks parking lot, along Freeport Road.

The arrests were made by North Versailles Officer Norm Locke, working as part of the Allegheny County District Attorney Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Then, early Tuesday, Arnold police and Westmore-land County and Lower Burrell detectives spent hours searching Bollinger's rented house on Ridge Avenue.

They say they found ounces of crystal meth, canisters of a suspected illicit drug in liquid form, and drug paraphernalia.

According to county Detective Tony Marcocci, Bollinger said the liquid is “Liquid G,” which he said was a mixture of the homemade drug Ecstasy and rohypnol. Rohypnol is a date rape drug and is banned in the United States.

A detective said there was no indication Bollinger was operating a meth lab at the Arnold house, which is two doors up from Drey Street.

Neighbors said they saw police cars with headlights on for hours.

“This is a quiet neighborhood. I called 911 because it looked unusual,” said Louis Teithman.

“I love my neighborhood,” Nancy Alfera said. “This was a surprise.”

Suspect's earlier meth arrest

Bollinger has previously in trouble for selling crystal meth.

In a 2007 federal case, the Drug Enforcement Administration accused him of buying pounds of crystal meth from suppliers in San Francisco or Atlanta and having it delivered to him at an Arlington, Va., address.

Bollinger was convicted in 2008.

He was initially sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. But in July 2010, Bollinger's sentence was reduced to four, followed by five years on parole.

Woods was taken to the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bond. Bollinger was awaiting arraignment Tuesday afternoon.

Their preliminary hearing is scheduled later this month in municipal court in Pittsburgh.

Locke and a Westmoreland County detective separately said the investigation started three to four months ago and may result in more arrests.

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

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