Police seize drugs, $10,000 and a gun in Youngwood
A $60 undercover drug bust outside a Westmoreland County convenience store late Monday ended with state police troopers confiscating more than $187,000 worth of heroin, $2,400 worth of cocaine, $10,000 in suspected drug profits and a handgun.
Police charged Jerome D. “Shorty” Poole, 25, of 115 Byers Ave., New Stanton, and Warren “Jay” Jackson, 32, of Jacksonville, Fla., each with six counts of possession of controlled substance, possession, manufacture and delivery of controlled substances, illegal possession of a firearm and reckless endangerment.
In addition, Poole is charged with aggravated assault for allegedly spitting in the face of Trooper Jeff Brautigam in the parking lot of the Sheetz store along Route 119 in Youngwood.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, members of the state police Western Pennsylvania Drug Interdiction Unit were waiting near the convenience store after receiving a tip from an anonymous informant that Poole and Jackson allegedly were going to purchase three rocks of crack cocaine shortly before 9 p.m.
One rock of crack cocaine has a street value of approximately $20 in this area.
After the drug deal, state troopers and undercover county detectives swooped in and detained Jackson and Poole.
“As Poole was removed from the vehicle, he began screaming, 'Everything in the truck is mine' and he spit in the face of Brautigam,” Trooper John Isoldi wrote in the affidavit.
After questioning the pair in the parking lot, police went to the residence of Krystal Simon at 228 S. Sixth St., Youngwood, and were given permission to search the home. Simon is not charged in the case.
“Simon advised that Poole and Jackson had been visiting her residence and selling drugs. Simon advised that Poole and Jackson had brought items into her residence and placed them in various locations inside the apartment,” Isoldi wrote.
Police confiscated approximately 1,100 stamp bags of heroin, or 22 bricks; 40 grams of cocaine; $10,000; crack cocaine cooking paraphernalia; a .45-caliber handgun; four digital scales and other suspected drug paraphernalia.
Heroin packaged in bricks would be worth between $7,125 and $8,500 each, according to state police. Each brick contains 50 heroin packets, or stamp bags. If sold in those individual doses, the value of each bag could be even higher, police said.
The suspects are being held in the Westmoreland County Prison on $250,000 bond each. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday before District Judge James Falcon.
Poole, who was born in Florida, has a separate drug possession hearing scheduled in March before Falcon, according to court records. Attempts to reach Simon for comment yesterday were unsuccessful.
Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or firstname.lastname@example.org.