Pittsburgh police seize drugs, weapons in Highland Park


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Pittsburgh police arrested a woman Tuesday afternoon after police discovered thousands of dollars worth of drugs and guns in a Highland Park house where she lived.

While patrolling in the 5600 block of Jackson Street in Highland Park, plainclothes detectives watched a man, who appeared armed, flee into "a house which has been a constant source of drug-related complaints from the community," police spokeswoman Diane Richard said today.

Police entered the house but the man had escaped from the home, she said. The officers did find three assault-style rifles; a shotgun; a camouflage bulletproof vest; about 150 stamp bags of heroin; 100 grams of crack cocaine; several grams of marijuana; and drug paraphernalia such as thousands of new, empty stamp bags; digital scales and sifters.

The drugs have a combined street value of about $13,000, Ms. Richard said.

Police arrested a resident of the home, Aaliyah Campbell, 19, who has been charged with nine felonies -- including possessing instruments of a crime, conspiracy with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, and seven other drug charges -- as well as five misdemeanor possession charges. She is being held in the Allegheny County Jail tonight on $20,000 bond, according to court documents.

A warrant will be issued for the male suspect, who police say is 19 and a convicted felon, Ms. Richard said. He was previously found guilty of manufacturing a controlled substance, making him ineligible to own firearms, which will lead to his facing firearms violations, in addition to charges similar to the ones Ms. Campbell faces.

The 5600 block home will be deemed a nuisance, due to "the calls for service and the criminal activity associated with this address," she said. According to court documents, people frequently loiter on the porch and deal drugs from the home. In March, a man was shot in front of the home, fled inside and was never located by police, she said.

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Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.


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