Drug task force rounds up 12
The Westmoreland County Drug Task Force early Thursday morning arrested 12 people wanted on warrants in Latrobe, Derry Township, Blairsville and Jeannette.
Latrobe police Chief James Bumar said the task force has been working for months with six municipal police departments -- Latrobe, Ligonier Borough, Ligonier Township, Derry, Greensburg and Southwest Greensburg -- as well as the Westmoreland County sheriff's department on the operation.
Bumar said the warrants were a result of controlled buys of narcotics and other controlled substances by undercover informants.
In December, a similar partnership conducted a sting that resulted in 14 arrests.
"We're constantly investigating drug trafficking in the area, and we have a good joint effort with the task force," Bumar said. "The partnership gives us a lot of manpower to monitor (drug trafficking)."
Of the 12 people arrested, seven have had previous drug charges filed against them. Three charges were heroin-related, three were crack cocaine-related, and two were charged with delivery in a school zone.
Nine people were charged with delivery, possession and possession with intent to deliver:
Â» Trenton Jones, 22, of Jeannette, crack cocaine
Â» Heather Bush, 34, of Blairsville, heroin, delivery in a school zone
Â» Jason Oslosky, 37, of Derry, methadone
Â» Wayne Glunt, 66, of Blairsville, heroin, delivery in a school zone
Â» Maria Monroe-Downs, 44, of Latrobe, crack cocaine
Â» Dylan Terney, 18, of Derry, marijuana
Â» Lisa Nowlin, 48, of Latrobe, controlled substances
Â» Christopher Miller, 27, of Latrobe, heroin
Â» Bonna Kunkle, 44, of Latrobe, controlled substances
Charges have not yet been filed against two other men arrested.
Robbie Piper, 34, of Latrobe, was charged with theft.
Arrest warrants were issued by Unity Township District Judge Michael Mahady, Derry Township District Judge Mark Bilik and Greensburg District Judge James Albert.