Police arrest 3 for allegedly selling heroin

| Friday, June 14, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Three people, including a Parks woman who was sent to state prison last year for operating a methamphetamine lab in her home at 3420 Garvers Ferry Road, were arrested on Wednesday and Thursday for allegedly selling heroin out of that same house.

A fourth heroin dealer, who was not involved in the initial investigation, also was apprehended on Wednesday.

Jessica Rae Conrad, 36, who was sentenced last June to 12 to 24 months in prison for operating a meth lab, was on probation when authorities learned she was again allegedly conducting drug operations out of the home.

Kevin Edward Wahl, 27, of 120 E. Pittsburgh St., Delmont, and Annie Jean Leavens, 23, of Apollo, also were arrested as part of a drug sweep that began on Wednesday morning. Kimberly Ann McHenry, 24, of 310B Kiski Ave., Apollo, was arrested for an unrelated drug sale.

ArmNET Director Butch Roofner said law enforcement had been watching Conrad, Wahl and Leavens at the house for about a year.

“There had been reports that activity was going on there,” said Roofner. “Even though (Conrad) was arrested just two years before that.”

According to court documents, investigators arranged for a confidential informant to purchase 10 to 20 stamp bags of suspected heroin from the suspects on four separate occasions in April and May.

In the midst of the investigation, Roofner said McHenry contacted an informant on April 29 and sold 10 bags of heroin in the parking lot of Sprankle's Neighborhood Market in Leechburg.

Early Wednesday morning, ArmNET, the Butler County Attorney General's office, the Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics and state police served arrest warrants for Conrad, Wahl and McHenry, according to Roofner. Lower Kiski ambulance also was on hand.

Conrad and Wahl were apprehended at their homes and McHenry was found in her car in the Avonmore area.

Leavens was arrested on Thursday afternoon by the Armstrong County Probation Department in the parking lot of Wal-Mart in East Franklin.

All were taken into custody without incident.

Conrad and Wahl were placed in Armstrong County Jail on Wednesday by District Judge James Andring on multiple charges of drug possession, possession with intent to deliver, possession/use of drug paraphernalia and criminal conspiracy.

Conrad's bail was set at $60,000 and Wahl's was set at $45,000.

McHenry also was arraigned by Andring, charged with possession, possession with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, and criminal use of a communications facility and placed in Armstrong County Jail on Wednesday in lieu of $15,000 bond.

Leavens was incarcerated Thursday on a bench warrant for failure to comply with further charges pending.

Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303 or tkaran@tribweb.com.

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