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Charges grow for suspects accused of operating Westmoreland County heroin ring

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

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.

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