U.S. Marshals arrest drug suspect in Hazelwood area
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 email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
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.
- New Manos Theatre opened in glorious fashion in Monessen
- Ex-Fallowfield man indicted on firearms possession charge
- Monessen faces $350K shortfall
- Ringgold OKs bond issue for new school
- Annual fundraiser set in Rostraver
- 2015 budget OK’d for Charleroi Regional Police
- Mon City arrests net 183 stamp bags of heroin
- Rostraver contruction zone re-examined after accidents
- Monessen offices on the move?
- Carroll man accused of selling stolen tailgates
- Jeans for Troops Day held at Belle Vernon Area High School