Three nabbed in Monessen drug bust
MONESSEN — An ongoing investigation by city police netted three Valley residents Thursday accused of distributing drugs, mainly cocaine.
The arrests were the result of a search warrant executed at 3:05 p.m. at 805 Park Manor. Police confiscated large amounts of cocaine, drug paraphernalia, a small amount of marijuana, a 40-caliber handgun, a bullet-proof vest and a small amount of cash.
Marla Stepoli, 50 of 805 Park Manor, Monessen, was charged with possession of a controlled substance/cocaine, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance/cocaine, criminal conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana.
Alan Lomax, 21, of 805 Park Manor, Monessen, was charged with possession of a controlled substance/cocaine, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance/cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal conspiracy to distribute cocaine, firearms not to be carried without a license, and former felon not to carry firearms.
Maria Pappasergi, 59, of 352 Third St., Donora, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
In addition, Monessen police held arrest warrants against Pappasergi and Stepoli in connection with an alleged incident May 9 in the city.
Pappasergi was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy and possession of a controlled substance.
Stepoli was charged with possession of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy.
The three suspects were arraigned in night court and remanded to the Westmoreland County Detention Center. Bond was set at $20,000 for Stepoli, $15,000 for Lomax and $5,500 for Pappasergi.
Lomax was shot in the abdomen on Oct. 3, 2009 after he, Derrick Dixon, and Joseph Heath III, also of Monessen, were shot after they arrived in a vehicle at a residence at 112 McKean Ave., Donora.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, Christian "Criddy" Lowe, 18, of Donora, who was armed with a shotgun, and co-conspirator Anthony Law, who brandished a silver revolver, fired at Lomax, Dixon and Heath shortly after the victims exited the vehicle.
Lomax was struck in the abdomen by a shotgun blast while Dixon was struck in the calf and Heath in the thigh, according to the affidavit.
In March 2010, Law pleaded guilty to aggravated assault before Washington County Judge Paul Pozonsky for shooting Dixon in the leg
But charges of criminal attempt to commit homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault and criminal conspiracy, filed against Lomax were dropped when Lomax and Dixon refused to testify.
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