2 area men waive charges in Western Pa. heroin smuggling case
By Patrick Cloonan
Published: Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, 1:11 a.m.
Two area men suspected of helping to smuggle narcotics into Western Pennsylvania have waived charges to court.
Henry Clay Boynes, 34, who has addresses in Homestead, Swissvale and Clairton, and Robert Lamont Carpenter, 46, of Coraopolis and Swissvale are among 13 indicted by a statewide grand jury for their alleged involvement in a ring bringing heroin from Mexico and Southern California.
Boynes and Carpenter appeared before Coraopolis Magisterial District Judge Mary P. Murray on Friday.
Boynes is charged with four counts of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, one count of possession with the intent to deliver Methylone, and two apiece of criminal conspiracy and participating in a corrupt organization.
Carpenter, who was on federal supervision for a drug trafficking conviction, is charged with three counts apiece of delivery of heroin and possession with the intent to deliver heroin, and two apiece of criminal conspiracy and participating in a corrupt organization.
State Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Carpenter was the local distributor of raw heroin shipped from Mexico by alleged ringleader Jose Luis “Troop” Pena-Montes, 44, a Mexican national who has faced repeated convictions in California for returning to the United States when he was deported.
Murray continued a hearing for David D. Lee, 58, of Clairton until Sept. 20 at 10 a.m.
Lee is charged with two counts apiece of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, participating in a corrupt organization and criminal conspiracy.
A stash street-valued at $300,000 allegedly was shipped by Anel Christina Mendivil, 31, who was detained in Pittsburgh on Jan. 31 and has been indicted on three counts. State agents raided numerous addresses on Feb. 1 and 2, including homes belonging to Boynes and Carpenter.
Mendivil, 31, of Moreno Valley, Calif., is awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania.
Others indicted are Marquis Farrow, 30; Lee Jay Burke, 48; Conroy Alvin Griffie, 56; and Lawrence G. Stephens Jr., 30, all of the North Side; Paul “Bud” Perminter Jr., 43, of Ambridge; Frank Andrew Teamor, 28, of Coraopolis; Darrick Lamont Currington, 36, of Dormont; and Troy Edward Dawkins, 45, of Aliquippa.
Farrow, Burke, Griffie, Stephens, Perminter, Teamor and Dawkins waived their hearings. Currington's status was unavailable.
Lee is free after posting a $50,000 bond. Boynes remains in Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond, while Carpenter was freed on a nonmonetary bond.
Griffie posted bond. Farrow, Burke, Stephens, Perminter, Teamor and Dawkins remain in the county jail in lieu of bond.
Formal arraignments for suspects who waived hearings will Oct. 3 in Pittsburgh.
Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext 1967, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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