Police charge Uniontown attorney with delivering heroin to client
A Uniontown-area attorney was caught on video surveillance allegedly delivering heroin and other drugs to a client who was a prisoner at the Fayette County booking center Thursday night, police said.
Brian Joseph Salisbury, 34, of Newell was charged late Thursday before District Judge Michael Metros with delivery of a controlled substance, possession and contraband to a confined person.
Salisbury did not return a message on Friday.
Officer Matthew Painter said Aaron Yauger, 30, of Lemont Furnace was brought to the booking center after being picked up by state police on a bench warrant, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed with Metros.
Court records show Fayette County President Judge John F. Wagner Jr. issued a bench warrant for Yauger in May, after he failed to appear for sentencing in a 2011 case involving drug charges.
Salisbury was listed as his attorney at that time.
According to Painter, Yauger said he knew an attorney from whom he could obtain narcotics, specifically heroin.
Yauger told Painter he had a prearrangement with Salisbury should he be arrested.
“Salisbury would transport and deliver heroin to him within the confines of a cell to avoid becoming ‘dope sick,'” Painter wrote in the affidavit.
At 8:11 p.m. Thursday, police said, Yauger contacted Salisbury through a phone call and Salisbury agreed to deliver heroin to him, the affidavit stated.
Police said Yauger's cell was searched and cleaned, and Yauger was strip-searched before being placed into the cell.
At 9 p.m., police said, Salisbury arrived at the booking center, which adjoins the city police department.
Police said Salisbury entered Yauger's cell and was observed on video surveillance delivering something to Yauger.
“Salisbury was then detained and the object was retrieved. Inside a piece of tin foil, a bag of suspected Xanax was recovered, along with suspected heroin,” Painter wrote in the affidavit.
The suspected brown heroin “presumptively tested positive,” police said.
Yauger provided police with three Suboxone strips that he said Salisbury delivered to him.
Salisbury is free on recognizance bond, police said. He faces a preliminary hearing before Metros on Tuesday.
Mary Pickels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-5401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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