Three Indiana County residents charged with heroin trafficking

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Three Indiana County residents have been charged in connection with alleged heroin trafficking there, based on a state grand jury's recommendation, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office announced​​ today.

Derrick Clemons, 36, of Armstrong Township, was arraigned today on charges of operating a heroin trafficking ring in and around the township and Indiana and Shelocta boroughs.

He is charged with 10 counts of delivery of heroin, one count of possession with the intent to deliver the drug, two counts of conspiracy, and two counts of corrupt organizations.

His two alleged runners, Justine Henry, 20 and Jackie Kinter, 41, both of Indiana, are charged with delivery of heroin and conspiracy.

The AG's office said ​Mr. ​Clemons gave the women disposable cell phones to answer customer calls and make deliveries. ​​According to the grand jury, he repeatedly changed meeting locations and arranged to rendezvous in remote places, ​using ATVs to travel to and from deliveries​.

Investigators made controlled purchases of 267 stamped bags of heroin and at Mr. Clemons' home seized 22 additional stamped bags, $1,000 and other items​, the AG's office said.


First Published July 8, 2014 12:00 AM

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