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State police roundup nets alleged drug dealers

| Saturday, June 9, 2001

Nearly a dozen suspects rounded up by state police as part of a new state Weed and Seed Program are being processed through the courts.

Several suspects will stand trial on drug and other charges; others pleaded guilty to various offenses.

The Weed and Seed initiative, publicly announced after a May 18 drug sweep by state police, includes police crackdowns on drug activity and grants, or seed money, to make neighborhood improvements that residents ask for themselves.

The program will pay for about 1,000 hours of overtime for additional police patrols.

'The saturation of uniform patrols have begun under the coordination efforts of McKeesport police Deputy Chief Mark Holtzman,' said Carl J. Anderson, director of the state Weed and Seed program through the lieutenant governor's office and the Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

'This is a locally driven program that can bring in about $2 million in initiatives spawned by the program,' Anderson said.

A meeting of key community leaders is being organized for the end of June during which a sampling of 'seed' programs will be reviewed to help come up with a plan for revitalization. Shirley Booker, based in the McKeesport Municipal Building, is coordinating these efforts. McKeesport is the first western Pennsylvania recipient of the state program,

A number of the suspects rounded up during the drug sweep are facing court dates and fines. These cases were heard Thursday before McKeesport District Justice Thomas Brletic:

  • Michael Stinson, 24, of Jenny Lund Street, ordered to stand trial on charges of delivery, possession with intent to deliver and possession of crack cocaine.

  • Kenneth 'Butch' White, 48, of Harrison Village, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for distributing a noncontrolled substance or 'beat' bag containing fake drugs. White was ordered to pay a $300 fine plus court costs and sentenced to 30 days in jail. The jail sentence will be suspended if the fines are paid within 30 days.

  • Terrance Walker, 19, of Coursin Street, was ordered to stand trial on the May 18 charges of delivery, possession with intent to deliver, and possession of crack cocaine.

  • Gregory Nash, 41, of Crawford Village, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. Drug charges were withdrawn by Allegheny County Assistant District Attorney Lawrence Mitchell. Nash is ordered to pay a $300 fine plus court costs and 30 days in jail. The jail sentence will be suspended if the fines are paid within 30 days.

  • Glenn James, 52, of Evans Avenue, waived a preliminary hearing on May 21 charges of delivery, possession with intent to deliver and possession of crack cocaine. James pleaded guilty to distributing a noncontrolled substance or 'beat' bag of fake drugs. James was ordered to pay a $300 fine plus court costs and sentenced to 30 days in jail. The jail sentence will be suspended if the fines are paid within 30 days.

  • Robert 'Juice' Mills, 28, of Freeland Street pleaded guilty on a disorderly conduct charge and sentenced to 21 days in jail.

  • Novena Robinson, 38, of Duquesne Avenue was ordered to stand trial on charges of delivery, possession with intent to deliver and possession of crack cocaine.

  • Tonya Coles, 34, of Bellefonte Street pleaded guilty to two counts of disorderly conduct for distributing a noncontrolled substance as a fake drug. Coles was ordered to pay a $600 fine plus court costs and spend 60 days in jail. The jail sentence will be suspended if the fines are paid within 60 days.

  • Anthony 'Killer' Jones, 40, no known address, waived a hearing on three crack cocaine charges and a charge of criminal conspiracy. He also faces charges of delivery, possession with intent to deliver and possession.

  • Robert Randolph, age and address unknown, was ordered to stand trial on charges of possession of crack cocaine, possession with intent to deliver and delivery.

  • Kenneth Lee, 48, of Crawford Village was ordered to stand trial on charges of possession, possession with intent to deliver and delivery of crack cocaine.

    Rose A. Domenick can be reached at rdomenick@tribweb.com or (412) 380-8521.

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