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Homestead drug raid nets 5 arrests

| Friday, March 4, 2011

Three adults and two juveniles have been arrested in connection with a drug-dealing operation out of a Homestead house.

Numerous drug charges were filed against the individuals Thursday after a joint operation by Homestead police and the Allegheny County District Attorney's Narcotics Enforcement Team.

The two agencies executed a search warrant Wednesday at approximately 3 p.m. on a home in the 300 block of W. Fifteenth Avenue.

“Several weeks of surveillance coupled with informant information and various complaints led us to it,” Homestead police Chief Jeff

DeSimone said. “The house was owned and occupied by a male and female. We know that they were letting these people use the house to sell their drugs out of, and I'm sure in return they got a kickback of some sort, whether it be drugs or money or both.”

One of the home's occupants, Darryl Ringler, 53, is charged with criminal use of a communication facility; possession with intent to deliver; possession; use/possession of drug paraphernalia; intent to
deliver drug paraphernalia; persons not to possess/use/manufacture, control, sell or transfer firearms; two counts of corruption of minors; and three counts of criminal conspiracy.

DeSimone said Ringler is a convicted felon and isn't permitted to possess a firearm.

The other occupant, Darlene Marinacci, 48, is charged with criminal use of a communication facility, possession with intent to deliver, possession, possession of marijuana, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, intent to deliver drug paraphernalia, corruption of minors and five counts of criminal conspiracy.

The third adult arrested is Seth Barron, 18, of Swissvale. He is charged with criminal use of a communication facility, possession, possession of marijuana, use/possession of drug paraphernalia,
delivery, intent to deliver drug paraphernalia, corruption of minors and five counts of criminal conspiracy.

DeSimone said Barron was observed tossing a bag of bundles of suspected heroin from an upstairs window when police knocked on the house's door and announced themselves.

A 17-year-old Duquesne male is charged as a juvenile with possession with intent to deliver, conspiracy, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A 16-year-old Munhall male is charged as a juvenile with possession of a firearm by a minor, conspiracy, receiving stolen property, possession with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana,
possession of drug paraphernalia and possession.

DeSimone said when officers made entry into the home's kitchen, the 16-year-old was placed on the floor and officers found a fully loaded stolen .357-caliber handgun next to him on the ground.

“His spontaneous utterance about the gun was that it was his,” the chief said.

Law enforcement recovered two rifles, two pistols, $584 in currency, various cell phones, a small amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and four bricks of heroin — or roughly 200 packets with a street value of approximately $2,000 — during the drug raid. DeSimone said police also found a fugitive recovery agent badge.

“We don't know if it's real,” he said. “It was in a badge wallet.”

Police also had to call the dog enforcement officer because there was a large pit bull at the residence.

DeSimone said the house was known to police also because several people they've arrested have said they purchased drugs there.

The adults were transported to the county jail and the juveniles were taken to Shuman Juvenile Detention Center.

On Tuesday at 12:42 p.m., DeSimone observed a vehicle in front of the same house in the 300 block of W. Fifteenth Avenue.

DeSimone said police also had sources that a man in a silver Dodge Durango was purchasing narcotics at the residence.

“My purpose for going up there was to assist another officer in a foot chase unrelated to this,” DeSimone said. “At the same time, I see him sitting outside of a target house.

“When I go to where I can turn around, he speeds off. Meanwhile, I'm getting a call from people saying this guy just purchased drugs.”

Homestead and Munhall officers stopped the vehicle at the corner of Seventeenth Avenue and West Street.

Brandon Joseph Arnold, 28, of Dravosburg, is charged with drug possession, possessing a concealed weapon without a permit and summary violations.

DeSimone said police found a loaded pistol, eight packets of heroin, multiple pieces of jewelry and two cell phones in Arnold's possession.

DeSimone said one cell phone was determined to be Arnold's, but police believe the other could be stolen.

He said Arnold was wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet at the time of his arrest.
Police are trying to determine if any of the jewelry found in Arnold's possession was stolen.

Arnold is scheduled for a May 10 sentencing by Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Anthony Mariani resulting from a Feb. 24 guilty plea he entered for charges of burglary and receiving stolen property in West Mifflin and a charge of receiving stolen property in Pittsburgh.

Arnold has pleaded guilty and spent time in jail for numerous other burglary and theft charges in the past six years.

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