State official: 29 guns, drugs, cash confiscated at homes in Brentwood, Wilkinsburg
Two separate raids recently led to the seizure of illegal guns, drugs and thousands of dollars in cash from homes occupied by small children in Brentwood and Wilkinsburg, state Attorney General Joshua Shapiro said Wednesday.
“What makes these cases particularly outrageous is these individuals had toddlers, guns and drugs in the same houses,” Shapiro said in a statement. “They endangered these children’s welfare, and we’re holding them accountable.”
In Brentwood, state investigators say they confiscated 19 firearms, drugs and $8,000 in cash from a residence on West Francis Avenue.
A 17-month-old girl lived there.
Agents found the illegal items while serving a drug asset forfeiture petition related to a prior case and allegedly smelled drugs coming from the home, Shapiro said.
Chad Lubawski, 37, and Colleen Secilia, 38, both of Brentwood, were charged with possession of stolen firearms, tampering with the serial numbers on those firearms, drug possession and endangering the welfare of children.
Lubawski’s bail was set at $25,000. Secilia was released on her own recognizance. They are scheduled to appear in court for preliminary hearings on Tuesday.
In Wilkinsburg, agents working a drug case served a warrant at a home on Franklin Avenue and allegedly discovered eight guns, cocaine, and methamphetamine.
An 18-month-old child was found in a bedroom that contained a loaded handgun.
Matthew Smith, 20, and Marcus Smith, 18, both of Wilkinsburg, were charged with possession of stolen firearms, manufacturing and distribution of cocaine and methamphetamine and endangering the welfare of children.
Matthew and Marcus Smith were released after posting $10,000 bail. They are scheduled to appear in court Thursday.
The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting both cases.
Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Natasha at 412-380-8514, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @NewsNatasha.