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By Kyle Lawson
Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
A drug bust by local and Pennsylvania State Police this month at the Cambridge Square Apartments in Monroeville yielded nearly 35 bricks of heroin, worth an estimated $15,750.
Six people were arrested March 8 when police seized the heroin, two stolen guns and a quarter-ounce of crack cocaine, according to a criminal complaint. The heroin was packaged with the label “Freedom.”
Police charged five men, ranging in age from 18 to 27, with home addresses from various areas, including Glassport and Plum.
The apartment was rented to Krysten L. Sadler, 25, of Monroeville who told police it was being used by the co-defendants to sell narcotics, according to the complaint.
State police charged Deandre K. Smith, 18, of Verona Street in Braddock; Cordero A. Hogan, 26, of East Murray Court in Plum; James G. Swanson, 25, of Erie Street in Glassport; Jared Harris, 19, of Calumet Street in Swissvale and Sadler of Cambridge Square Drive in Monroeville with possession with intent to deliver, use or possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia and criminal conspiracy.
Police also charged Joseph A. Jones, 27, of Sunnyside Avenue in East Pittsburgh with conspiracy.
Smith, Hogan, Swanson and Harris also are facing two counts of receiving stolen property in connection with the two firearms, one of which police traced to a “known victim” from McKeesport, according to the criminal complaint.
Monroeville police Chief Steve Pascarella did not return phone calls seeking comment on the arrests.
Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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