Raid nets 2 dealing drugs from hotel room, police say
Acting on a tip that two men were dealing drugs out of a North Huntingdon hotel room near the Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange, state police arrested two Turtle Creek residents.
Jeffrey N. Baldwin Jr. and Jermaine D. Cobb Jr., both 19, were charged on Wednesday as a result of a raid of a room in the Holiday Inn Express off Route 30. About 20 bricks of heroin and a small amount of marijuana were seized. A brick of heroin is equivalent to 50 “stamp bags,” or doses, of powder heroin.
Baldwin and Cobb are in the Westmoreland County prison on $100,000 bail.
Police received a tip of suspicious activity in the room, and undercover troopers began surveillance and noticed that the occupants' “cellphones were ringing at various times, and immediately after the phones would ring, a person would arrive at the hotel and knock on (the door),” according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Trooper David Loeffler.
Police reported none of the people would enter the room, and the transactions took place in the hallway.
Troopers said they smelled burning marijuana.
Police said they found money on a nightstand and clear plastic bags “with numerous bundles of heroin” on a nightstand and the floor. Cobb consented to a search of a duffel bag where more suspected drugs were located, police said.
Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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