TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Charges grow for suspects accused of operating Westmoreland County heroin ring

- Jerome D. Poole, 25, of New Stanton
Jerome D. Poole, 25, of New Stanton
- Warren Jackson of Jacksonville, Fla.
Warren Jackson of Jacksonville, Fla.
Friday, April 12, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Two men accused earlier this month of operating a high-volume heroin distribution ring in Westmoreland County are facing more charges because investigators discovered another stockpile of heroin and cocaine in a temporary storage facility, police said.

Jerome D. “Shorty” Poole, 25, of New Stanton and Warren “Jay” Jackson, 32, of Jacksonville, Fla., were arrested on April 2 during an undercover drug buy of three rocks of crack cocaine in the parking lot of the Sheetz store on Route 119 in Youngwood, police said.

State police subsequently searched a nearby South Sixth Street residence where the pair allegedly did business and discovered more than $100,000 worth of heroin, $2,400 worth of cocaine, plus $10,000 in cash.

Troopers and Westmoreland County detectives obtained a search warrant to look inside a rental storage unit in the home's yard and found 12 bricks of heroin with an estimated street value of $13,000; seven ounces of cocaine; a 9 mm pistol and ammunition; a .45-caliber handgun; and more than $10,000 inside a shoebox.

Trooper John Isoldi said the storage unit had been recently leased by Jackson.

As a result of the recent discovery, Jackson and Poole were charged on Wednesday with five counts of drug trafficking, two counts of illegal possession of firearms and a criminal conspiracy charge. They face additional charges in connection with the April 2 incident.

After the charges were filed, Falcon raised bond by $75,000 for Jackson and Poole to $325,000 apiece. Both are being held in the county prison pending preliminary hearings scheduled for April 23.

Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or ppeirce@tribweb.com.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Westmoreland

  1. Delmont man blogs about industrial history of region, exploring long-cold coke ovens
  2. PennDOT has to complete acquisition of 4 parcels, take down trees for New Stanton interchange on I-70
  3. Bids expected for demolition of Monsour Medical Center in Jeannette
  4. Greensburg YMCA plans to restore front porch to 1913 look
  5. Youngwood officials to submit drawings to state agency that orders playground work stoppage
  6. Latrobe police seek driver of red cargo van
  7. Body found in North Huntingdon
  8. Man’s body found in car in Forbes State Forest
  9. Geyer Performing Arts Center hosts AAFC production of ‘Murder on the Nile’
  10. Union Cemetery plot owners, heirs of deceased sought to sort out details of ownership
  11. Armstrong County man near deal in animal cruelty case