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U.S. Marshals arrest drug suspect in Hazelwood area

- Loretta Huntingdon, center, is escorted from the Southwest Regional Police offices by, from left, Chief John Hartman, Lt. Steve Schwartz and Constable Ralph Jennings. Huntingdonw as arrested by U.S. Marshalls Thursday, Feb. 14, on an outstanding herion warrant.
Loretta Huntingdon, center, is escorted from the Southwest Regional Police  offices by, from left, Chief John Hartman, Lt. Steve Schwartz and Constable Ralph Jennings. Huntingdonw as arrested by U.S. Marshalls Thursday, Feb. 14, on an outstanding herion warrant.
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Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, 1:06 a.m.
 

A Coal Center woman wanted on drug charges was arrested in the Hazelwood section of Pittsburgh Thursday.

Loretta Huntington, 41, of 135 Spring St. was arrested shortly after 7 a.m., Southwest Regional Police Chief John Hartman said.

Huntington was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins in Charleroi and placed in the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 straight-cash bond.

“Clearly, we knew she was hiding out, and we had information she was in Pittsburgh,” Hartman said. “But we did not have the exact location. We had been receiving private messages on Facebook about her whereabouts.”

Southwest Regional charged Huntington Oct. 30 with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance/heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Last month, Southwest Regional sought help from the U.S. Marshal's office because the local force hadn't been able to contact Huntington. The Marshal's office agreed to help and made the arrest Thursday.

“Naturally, we're glad about finding her,” Hartman said. “The U.S. Marshal's office was immensely helpful to us.”

According to an affidavit of probable cause, police were dispatched in October to Huntington's house after receiving a report that a man was on the roof at 135 Spring St., Apt. 2, with a rifle mounted with a scope.

Police found Joshua Huntington in possession of a pellet gun and charged him with disorderly conduct.

While at the scene, police detected the odor of marijuana coming from the residence.

Ramon Cammack, 34, of 5510 Beverly Place, Pittsburgh, was subsequently charged with two counts of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police allegedly found 30 grams of marijuana and several Opana ER pain relief tablets in a shoe box. Cammack told police the tablets were his, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

On Nov. 27, Cammack waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the charges.

Loretta Huntington, lessee of the apartment, gave police permission to search the residence. Charleroi Regional Police K-9 Officer Bill Gardner discovered a lock box in the bedroom that Huntington claimed was hers, according to the affidavit.

Huntington attempted to prevent officers from taking the lock box, claiming it contained “personal property.” After police seized the box, she attempted to take it out of a patrol car, according to the affidavit.

After obtaining a search warrant, police opened the box at the Southwest Regional headquarters. In addition to personal records, the box contained 500 packets of heroin, $2,980 in cash, a digital scale with suspected marijuana residue, and two cartridges for electronic cigarettes containing suspected heroin, according to the affidavit.

Huntington called police the following day and asked about the status of her safe, Hartman said. Police asked her to come in to talk to police, but she hung up and didn't answer subsequent phone calls made by police.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or cbuckley@tribweb.com.

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