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Police: Drug ring operated out of New Kensington home where 4-year-old lived

Chuck Biedka
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Reuben Williams, in a hooded sweatshirt, and David T. Trent were arraigned on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in New Kensington.
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Chuck Biedka | Tribune-Review
Police escort Alexis Dyshon Pryor, center, and Jonelle Rae McCandless after they were arraigned on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in New Kensington.

Three people ran a drug ring that distributed fentanyl in Westmoreland County and operated out of a New Kensington home where a 4-year-old boy lived, according to city police and agents with the state Attorney General’s Office.

The three suspects, along with a fourth person who police said lived at the home with her 4-year-old son, were arraigned Wednesday on mostly drug-related charges.

According to criminal complaints filed in the case, agents with the Attorney General’s Office obtained a warrant to search the Leishman Avenue home Tuesday after arranging a deal to buy heroin from David T. Trent, 37, who lived at the home.

Authorities said they found 1,400 stamp bags of the powerful opioid painkiller fentanyl inside the home, along with crack cocaine, marijuana, nearly $700 in cash, an unregistered gun and drug paraphernalia.

Criminal complaints said Trent participated in the drug ring along with Jonelle Rae McCandless, 33, and Reuben D. Williams, 33, all of whom lived at the Leishman Avenue home. Authorities charged them with participating in a corrupt organization, conspiracy and drug-related offenses. Williams also faces an illegal gun possession charge, court records show.

Alexis Dyshon Pryor, 25, who also lived at home with her 4-year-old son, is not accused of being part of the drug ring but faces charges of drug possession, drug possession with intent to deliver and conspiracy, according to court records.

All four were taken to Westmoreland County Prison following their arraignments. Trent and Williams were each being held on $250,000 bond and McCandless and Pryor were each being held on $100,000 bond.

Preliminary hearings were scheduled for Oct. 23, but District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr. said they could be delayed if more than one of the four suspects wants to be represented by a public defender.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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