Charleroi woman faces drug charges
By Rick Bruni Jr.
Published: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, 12:21 a.m.
An investigation by the state Attorney General's office led to the Thursday arrest of a suspected mid-level drug dealer in Charleroi.
Authorities seized more than 300 bags of suspected heroin.
Charleroi Regional Police arrested Greta Jo Steiner, 53, of 901A Meadow Ave. and charged her with felony counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Charleroi Regional Detective Lt. Eric Porter said he and task force officers from Charleroi Regional and Monessen served a search warrant 11 a.m. at a Third Street residence.
Officers said they found 26 bags of suspected heroin marked “Power House” and some paraphernalia. According to Porter, a woman at the residence claimed there were several bricks of heroin at “Greta's house.” Police declined to identify the woman for safety reasons.
Monessen Lt. Jim Smith told the woman to text Steiner and request a heroin purchase. Steiner allegedly replied, “OK.”
When police arrived at Steiner's residence, she consented to a search and allegedly told Smith and Porter she had been selling drugs from her residence for several weeks.
Police said they found six bricks of suspected heroin inside a bag next to a bedroom vent and 12 single stamp bags marked “Power House” in a bathrobe hanging on the bedroom wall.
The bricks were packaged for sale, Porter said. One brick of heroin equals 10 bundles or 50 stamp bags.
Porter said they also found $2,150 inside the sham of a bedroom pillow and $220 in Steiner's change purse.
Steiner was arraigned Thursday night via video and sent to the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $15,000 cash bond.
Her preliminary hearing is scheduled 10 a.m. Jan. 28 before Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins in Charleroi.
Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-684-2635.
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