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Police: Woman, teen sell heroin from Irwin apartment

Renatta Signorini
| Friday, April 12, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Katelyn Jones
Katelyn Jones

An Irwin woman was receiving about $50 a day to let a 16-year-old Turtle Creek boy sell heroin from her apartment, police said.

Katelyn Sue Jones, 22, told police that the teenager had been peddling drugs from the Sweetbriar Apartments for the past four or five days.

The operation unraveled Wednesday evening as a confidential informant alerted police to drug activity at the woman's unit.

Police said they seized 14 bricks of heroin, a loaded .45-caliber pistol with a live round in the chamber, cash and marijuana. State police, North Huntingdon police and Westmoreland County detectives caught up with Jones, the Turtle Creek teen and a 16-year-old youth from Penn Hills at 7:45 p.m. at the apartment complex.

According to police, Jones arrived at the complex in a car with the Turtle Creek teen in the front seat and the Penn Hills teen in the back next to the woman's 3-year-old daughter.

Police took all three into custody and seized the weapon, drugs and cash from the vehicle.

The Turtle Creek teen allegedly threw a plastic bag containing 760 bags of heroin on the front seat. Police then found a bundle of heroin in the teen's pocket, and more than $400.

Police said the Penn Hills teen was in possession of the pistol with an obliterated serial number, a small amount of marijuana and more than $100.

The 3-year-old child is in the care of her father, police said.

Jones was lodged in the Westmoreland County Prison on $75,000 bail on charges of endangering the welfare of children, drug possession and two counts of possession with intent to deliver. An April 24 preliminary hearing is scheduled before District Judge Doug Weimer Jr.

Both teens were being held in a juvenile detention facility.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or rsignorini@tribweb.com.

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