WAYNESBURG — Two suspects are facing three dozen counts of drug-related offenses following a recent drug bust by law enforcement agencies and officers that occurred in Greene County.
Felicia Walters, 26, of Nemacolin and Darell Spruell, 24, of Masontown were arraigned on March 28 before Magisterial District Judge Lee Watson and charged with 31 drug counts; and later that same day, they were each arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Lou Dayich and charged with six additional drug counts.
According to the criminal complaints filed in Watson’s office, the initial 31 counts include nine counts of manufacturing, delivering or possessing with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance; nine counts of criminal conspiracy; nine counts of intent to possess a controlled substance; and four counts of criminal use of communication facility.
The charges were filed against the suspects following a four-month investigation by Masontown police, Cumberland Township police, the Greene County Drug Task Force and the state Attorney General’s office.
Police said that the suspects sold crack cocaine on nine different occasions to undercover officers between November and March. The drug deals took place at locations in Nemacolin and Masontown. Members of the Greene County Task Force also conducted another undercover purchase of crack cocaine on March 28 from the suspects at Walters’ residence in Nemacolin, police said.
After the drug purchase was finalized, police secured warrants and served them to the two suspects in the Cumberland Township area, according to the complaints.
Following their arrests and arraignments before Watson on the initial 31 counts, bail was set for $35,000 straight cash bond for each suspect; Spruell was released after posting bail, but Walters was placed in Greene County Jail after failing to post bail, police said.
After they were arraigned before Watson, the suspects were then transported to Dayich’s office, where they were each arraigned on six additional counts, including three counts of manufacturing, delivering or possessing with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance; two counts of possessing a controlled substance; and one count of criminal use of communication facility.
For these charges, bail was set at $25,000 straight; Spruell was released after posting bail, but Walters did not post bail.
Walters and Spruell will face preliminary hearings on April 8, before Watson at 11 a.m. and before Dayich at 3 p.m.