Mon Valley residents charged in drug trafficking case

| Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011

A Mon Valley pair is facing multiple drug charges by the state Attorney General's office for allegedly using a Monessen residence for a drug operation.

Kimberly Ann Kibelbek, 47, of 916 Brown St., Belle Vernon, and James Perry III, 43, of 140 Fayette St., Fayette City, were each charged with three counts each of conspiracy-manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance.

Kibelbek also was charged with three counts of possession with intent to deliver or manufacture. Perry is facing four of those felony charges.

Kibelbek additionally faces three counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Agents filed the charges July 21 with Magisterial District Judge Joseph Dalfonso in Monessen.

According to a criminal complaint, detectives obtained a search warrant for 423 Third St., Monessen, Kibelbek's former residence, which was believed to be a "stash house to distribute drugs."

They also served a search warrant at Perry's former residence at 218 Bonnie St., Belle Vernon.

Detectives who searched the Monessen residence, allegedly seized drug paraphernalia, digital scales and a safe.

Monessen police arrested Perry during a traffic stop. At the time, Perry allegedly possessed five bags of heroin and $978.

Kibelbek allegedly told detectives she received heroin from Perry in exchange for using her residence, as well as her former residence at 814 Park Ave., Belle Vernon.

The criminal complaint stated that Kibelbek told police she took "five to eight" trips to New York City with Perry last year to buy heroin.

Kibelbek told police she "tested heroin" and hid it on the ride home from New York City, according to the affidavit.

When questioned by detectives, Perry said he knew he was under investigation and that "no one would testify against him," according to the affidavit.

Perry told police he bought heroin from a source in New York's Harlem neighborhood for $70 a gram, according to the affidavit. Perry said his last trip to Harlem was in January, at which time he was accompanied by Kibelbek.

The affidavit states that Perry said he has a "local source" in Pittsburgh, from whom he buys heroin four to five times a year.

Police said that while arresting Perry, they found a key in his possession that opened the safe found at the Monessen house.

On May 18, detectives received a lab report that indicated the safe contained 37.4 grams of heroin; 21.6 grams of crack cocaine; and 8.2 grams of cocaine.

Kibelbek is being held in the Westmoreland County prison in lieu of $75,000 bond.

Perry was released after posting $75,000 bond.

Both face preliminary hearings before Dalfonso.

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