Authorities take steps to keep $15,000 seized in Wilkinsburg drug bust

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Federal prosecutors have filed a forfeiture action against a Wilkinsburg woman to take permanent custody of $15,000 in cash seized during a drug investigation of her mother and mother’s boyfriend in which police said she tried to tamper with a crime scene following a shooting in February.

Prosecutors are seeking an order to forfeit the money, found in a Range Rover driven by Kierra McClennan on Feb. 25.

The filing also indicates that the FBI is investigating her mother, Ronnette Dixon, and Ms. Dixon’s boyfriend, Andre Cain, on suspicion of narcotics dealing.

The case began when police responded to a shooting call at Ms. Dixon’s South Avenue residence and found Mr. Cain wounded in the leg after an apparent gunfight. As police were investigating, they said Ms. McClennan arrived in the Range Rover and went into the house.

As she was leaving, police stopped her, searched the vehicle and found the cash in a bag and a bloody handgun in her cosmetics bag, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Police said she admitted that she took the money and gun from the house, after which they charged her with tampering with a crime scene.

An ion scan of the money turned up cocaine residue, prosecutors said.

A search of the house revealed an additional $35,000 in cash, a digital scale, a bulletproof vest, 66 cell phones, heroin packets and digital photos of a man holding large amounts of money.

The case was later adopted by the FBI and will be prosecuted in federal court.

First Published August 6, 2014 12:00 AM

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