ShareThis Page

Duquesne man jailed on narcotics charges

| Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 3:21 a.m.

A Duquesne man is charged with trying to distribute 100 packets of heroin.

Police Chief Richard Adams said on Tuesday that Rayshawn McDonald, 26, was arrested on Monday around 1 p.m. along the 1000 block of Kennedy Avenue.

He is charged with possession of heroin and possession with intent to deliver.

Adams said McDonald was found with the suspected heroin and $850 in cash while riding with Alexxa Gayle, 21, of Pittsburgh's Stanton Heights neighborhood.

Gayle was not charged with drug-related counts but awaits a summons to appear in court on charges of disorderly conduct and two counts of traffic violations.

The Duquesne chief said he does not believe the heroin was from batches that have been mixed with fentanyl and blamed for multiple deaths across Allegheny County. He said the heroin seized in Monday's arrest would be turned over to the Allegheny County laboratory for analysis.

Adams said Gayle made a turn from Seventh Street onto Kennedy without using her turn signal and was seen with an exhaust pipe hanging down and scraping against the roadway.

When the driver was pulled over, an officer said he saw McDonald stuffing a plastic shopping bag under the seat.

Adams said the 100 packets of heroin were found in that bag and a search of McDonald turned up the cash.

McDonald was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Elissa Marie Lang in Pittsburgh and placed in Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

He is scheduled to go before Magisterial District Judge Scott H. Schricker in Turtle Creek for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 25 at 8:30 a.m.

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

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.