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Mon Valley residents among those charged in bust

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Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, 11:57 p.m.
 

Residents of Monroeville, North Versailles Township and Wilmerding are among 29 alleged drug dealers arrested on Friday across Allegheny County by the District Attorney Narcotics Enforcement Team.

District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr.'s office said the bust was the culmination of a six-month investigation aimed at street-level dealers of prescription drugs and heroin.

Local suspects arrested include Khalil Collier, 19, of Wilmerding, Monray Carrington, 25, of North Versailles and Jessica Collela, 21, of Monroeville.

Collier faces four counts including three felonies and a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance.

Carrington faces three felony charges including possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Colella faces two misdemeanor counts of prohibited acts.

She was arraigned on Friday night before Magisterial District Judge Thomas P. Caulfield in Forest Hills and released on nonmonetary bond, pending a preliminary hearing on Oct. 8 at 8:30 a.m. before Magisterial District Judge Scott H. Schricker in Turtle Creek.

Bond information was not available at presstime about Collier or Carrington. Each of them face preliminary hearings on Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. before Magisterial District Judge Robert L. Barner in North Versailles.

Police from McKees Rocks, Swissvale, North Versailles, Stowe, Moon, Shaler, Etna, Millvale and the Allegheny County Housing Authority, and officials from Allegheny County Probation, Pennsylvania State Parole and Allegheny County Emergency Services assisted in the investigation.

Other suspects hail from various sections of the city of Pittsburgh as well as New Kensington, Tarentum, Millvale, Etna, McKees Rocks and Shaler, Harrison, West Deer and Hampton townships.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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