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Drug sweep underway across the Alle-Kiski Valley

posted Nov 18, 2016, 9:58 PM by Joseph Gray


At least seven alleged street-level drug dealers from the Alle-Kiski Valley were arrested Thursday, and police are looking for at least nine more.

Police swept across the Valley on Thursday serving arrest warrants for people who allegedly sold heroin, crack cocaine or cocaine to undercover police or informants, mostly during the past year.

Officers from 10 police departments and state attorney general's agents participated. The 10 include Arnold, New Kensington, Tarentum, Plum, Springdale, East Deer, Vandergrift, West Deer, Frazer and Harmar.

New Kensington police Chief Jim Klein said the arrests weren't for large amounts of drugs.

“But it's all part of our continued fight against drug sales that bring it into our area and cause deaths,” he said.

The arrests mainly were made in New Kensington and Arnold and targeted the regional drug trade rather than specific neighborhoods.

Facing heroin charges:

Four alleged heroin sellers are charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

They are:

• Devon Andrew Koch, 24, of Fifth Avenue, New Kensington;

• Christopher Andrew Mystkowski, 27, of Fifth Avenue, New Kensington;

• John P. Stapinski, 46, of Camp Ave., Arnold.

• Dominique Jamare Robinson, 28, of Wallace Street, Vandergrift (two counts).

These suspects are charged with a count of delivery of a controlled substance and related charges:

• Benjamin Dennis Bonaroti, 33, of Shaw Avenue, Springdale;

• Jarrel Laron Williams, of Kenneth Avenue, Arnold;

Facing cocaine charges:

• Ralph Scott, 28, of Fourth Avenue, New Kensington, is accused of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Still at large

The AG's office said police have warrants for nine others.

The nine, their last known addresses and the charges they face are:

Crack cocaine sales:

• Richard Alsberry, 41, of Franklin Avenue, Vandergrift: two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

• Erik L. Green, 48, of Kenneth Avenue, New Kensington: possession with intent to deliver.

Heroin sales:

• Michael Johnson-Barber, 28, of Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh: two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and related charges.

• Trivan Brian Griffey, 27, of Upview Terrace, Pittsburgh: three counts of delivery and related charges.

• Deron Howell, 24, of Woodstock Avenue, Swissvale: three counts of delivery and related charges.

• Von Eric McMillan, 22, of McCargo Street, New Kensington: delivery of a controlled substance and related charges.

• Laron Marqese Scott, 25, of Leishman Avenue, New Kensington: possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

• Dominic Tavella, 27, of Center Hill Road, Pittsburgh: two counts of possession of a controlled substance and related charge.

• Taquan Wright, 24, of Ridge Avenue, New Kensington: possession with intent to deliver.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4711 or cbiedka@tribweb.com.

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