Police: Women bought crack from New Kensington home just before it was raided
Two Springdale women are accused of buying crack cocaine from a New Kensington house an hour before authorities raided it Tuesday, shutting down what police described as the base of a drug ring that sold fentanyl.
New Kensington police said they watched as a red car parked at the city’s North Street and Vine Alley around 5:50 p.m. and a passenger later identified as Brandy Kralik, 35, got out and went into a Leishman Avenue house about a block away.
Kralik emerged about a minute later, got back in the car and handed something to the driver, identified by police as 27-year-old Joelle Consolaro, police said.
Police said they pulled over the car a short time later because its brake lights weren’t working and ordered Consolaro and Kralik to get out.
As Consolaro got out, a piece of crack cocaine fell off her lap, according to a criminal complaint, and more crack was found inside the car.
Police charged Kralik with drug possession and possession with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence.
Consolaro was charged with drug possession, tampering with evidence and driving with a suspended license.
Both were taken to Westmoreland County Prison after failing to post $10,000 bond. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for later this month.
Four other people who lived at the Leishman Avenue house were charged following Tuesday’s raid:
• David T. Trent, 37
• Jonelle Rae McCandless, 33
• Reuben Williams, 33
• Alexis Dyshon Pryor, 25
Authorities said they found 1,400 stamp bags of the powerful synthetic opioid painkiller fentanyl inside the home, along with crack cocaine, marijuana, nearly $700 in cash, an unregistered gun and drug paraphernalia.
Trent, McCandless and Williams are charged with participating in a corrupt organization, conspiracy and drug-related offenses. Williams also faces an illegal gun possession charge, court records show.
Pryor 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 each continued to be held on $250,000 bond, and McCandless and Pryor each were being held on $100,000 bond.
Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, [email protected] or via Twitter .