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Duquesne man jailed on narcotics charges

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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

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