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Penn Hills woman tells police she sells drugs to 'survive'

| Thursday, March 27, 2014, 1:06 a.m.
Ambrea Taylor

Police on Wednesday arrested a Penn Hills woman for allegedly selling heroin out of a Charleroi residence.

Ambrea Taylor, 19, of 144 Collins Drive told police she sells drugs to survive.

Charleroi Regional Police arrested Taylor after three officers conducted a controlled drug buy at 731 Lincoln Ave.

Police said Taylor had been staying at the residence for the past four days.

Officer Mike Leasure said a female undercover officer went to the rear of the residence at 6:06 p.m. with an unidentified female, knocked on the door and was handed a bundle of heroin, equal to 50 stamp bags. The bags were labeled “CITI.”

The officer then handed $80 cash to the person inside the door.

Leasure said he had copied and recorded the serial number of each bill.

Leasure said that once the buy was confirmed, he and Officer John Mitaly went to the rear door, announced their presence and heard someone running inside the residence.

Mitaly rushed to the front entrance, where Taylor ran out in an attempt to escape, Leasure said.

While in custody, Taylor pulled a loose stamp bag from her pocket, threw it on the ground and tried to cover it with her foot, police said.

Timothy Kyle, who owns the residence, answered the back door and allowed police to come inside.

Once inside, police found an unidentified female in an upstairs bedroom who claimed she was asked by Taylor to hand the bundle of heroin over during the transaction.

The woman allegedly told police that after she received the $80, she handed it to Taylor, who placed it in her purse. Police said they confiscated $233 in additional cash from Taylor.

Leasure said Kyle and the unidentified woman were not charged.

Police transported Taylor to the police station, where Leasure said she provided a written statement in which she indicated she is “selling heroin to survive.”

Taylor was charged with possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence, police said.

Taylor was to be arraigned at midnight via video by Magisterial District Judge Ethan Ward of Buffalo Township.

She was sent to the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing is set 11 a.m. April 8 before Magisterlial District Judge Larry Hopkins in Charleroi.

Leasure said the arrest was part of a week-long surveillance of the residence, which began after police received numerous reports of suspected drug activity there.

Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2639 or rbruni@tribweb.com.

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