WAYNESBURG – The Messenger received updates on three separate drug arrests that occurred recently in Greene County, including a Waynesburg woman who was arrested earlier this week after being found with 142 bags of heroin.
State police said Devon R. Garrett, 24, was arrested Monday on counts of manufacturing, delivering or possessing with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the criminal complaint, state police received a tip at 9:55 a.m. Monday that a woman was en route to the AT&T Store, located at Greene Plaza in Franklin Township, to purchase heroin. The tip also indicated that a female store employee was believed to be selling heroin at the store, police said.
Police arrived at the store parking lot and parked to observe the front of the store, and just minutes later they saw a woman matching the description from the tip walk up to a female employee who had exited the store; the two talked for a few seconds before going into the store, and 30 seconds later the woman left the store, the complaint states.
Police approached the woman, identified and detained her, and then conducted a search, at which time police retrieved two stamp bags of suspected heroin from her front pocket; the woman then told police that she had just purchased the heroin from inside the store, the complaint states.
Police then detained Garrett and another woman inside the store; during a later interview, the other woman reported to police that she had purchased heroin from Garrett at the store five times; she also said she purchases heroin from Garrett or another person three to four times per week and usually buys a bundle of heroin for $150, the complaint states.
She also told police that she went to the store Monday and Garrett told her that she had three new kinds of heroin and told her to walk back with her to see them; the woman said she saw heroin packaged in purple bags and white bags with blue writing, police said. She then reported that she was leaving to get money and then returning to buy heroin, police said.
Police obtained a search warrant for the store and a search was conducted at 12:05 p.m., at which time they found the stamped bags packaged for sale, the complaint states.
Following her arrest, Garrett was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Lee Watson and placed in Greene County Jail in lieu of $30,000 straight cash bail. She has since posted bail, according to court records.
Garrett’s preliminary hearing is scheduled to be held before Magisterial District Judge Glenn Bates on April 18 at 2:30 p.m.
State police also arrested Tyler J. Hoyle, 22, of Waynesburg on April 6 on various drug charges following a traffic stop on Grimes Run Road in Franklin Township.
According to the criminal complaint, police stopped Hoyle after observing that his vehicle had an invalid inspection sticker. After detecting the possible odor of marijuana, police asked consent to search the vehicle, which Hoyle agreed to; during the search, police found marijuana, miscellaneous drug paraphernalia and $3,257 in cash in the vehicle, the complaint states.
Hoyle was then taken to the state police barracks, where he admitted that he routinely sold heroin from a residence on North Porter Street in Waynesburg; he also reported that he had recently purchased a Smith and Wesson .40-caliber pistol without proper transfer and records checks, and he told police where the gun was located, the complaint states.
Police then conducted a consent search at the residence, where they found the gun inside a box in a tree behind the residence, according to court records.
Following his arrest, Hoyle was arraigned before Watson and charged with manufacturing, delivering or possessing with intent to deliver, prohibited possession of a firearm, possessing a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and two summary violations.
Hoyle was placed in Greene County Jail after failing to post $30,000 straight cash bail. He has since posted bail, according to court records.
A date for Hoyle’s preliminary hearing before Watson had not been scheduled as of press time.
In another unrelated drug case, preliminary hearings were continued this week for two suspects recently charged with selling crack cocaine to undercover officers on nine different occasions during a four-month span.
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 still remains in jail, according to court records.
Preliminary hearings for the suspects were initially scheduled to be held on Monday, but the hearings were continued; Walters’ hearings will be held before Watson on April 29 at 1:30 p.m., and Spruell’s hearings will be held before Watson on May 16 at 1:30 p.m.
State police are encouraging the public to report information regarding drug trafficking or any other type of criminal activity by calling 724-627-6151.