Five area residents are facing drug-related charges as part of a sweep that took place Tuesday in Ambridge.
In addition to arrests, Ambridge Police Chief James Mann said police and state agents seized $10,000 worth of heroin and several thousands of dollars in cash.
Charges have been filed against the following:
- Danielle Krawchick of 1604 Ohio River Boulevard, Apt. 4, Ambridge.
- Jason Ledford, 518 Park Road, Ambridge.
- Marcus Burrel, 217 Sixth Ave., Aliquippa
- Thaijenelle Smith, 300 Superior Ave., Aliquippa
- Dyquane Norman, Irwin Street, Aliquippa.
Mann said charges filed include delivery, criminal conspiracy and possession with intent to deliver.
All five remain in the Beaver County Jail on probation detainers.
Mann said the arrests are the result of joint probe that began in May between local police and the state Attorney General’s Region 6 office based in Butler County.
Agents made undercover buys in May and June and arranged more on Tuesday before the five were arrested. Police from Baden and Aliquippa also assisted.
“Yesterday it came to a head,” Mann said.
Krawchick, who is currently on federal probation for drug trafficking, was arrested at Maple Restaurant where she was working as a waitress.
“She actually set up a buy to happen at the Maple Restaurant, which is extremely disturbing. Drugs go hand in hand with guns, you know. This could have been a bad situation, and that’s very disturbing to me.”
Police confiscated two bundles of heroin and a nylon bag filled with syringes and spoons that Krawchick carried on her. The owners of the restaurant weren't immediately available for comment.
“She obviously was doing more than just smoking cigarettes on her break,” said Mann, adding that Krawchick will return to federal prison.
Agents also arranged an undercover purchase and took Smith into custody in the parking lot at Ambridge Do It Best. Mann said she tried to take off, but her car was blocked in.
Ledford, who is wanted out of Michigan, was picked up at home and is awaiting extradition out of state.
Burrel and Norman are both on Beaver County probation for drug trafficking and being held without bond, Mann said.
Mann said there will be more arrests coming and credits agents with AG's office for helping to score this latest victory in the war on drugs.
"It's a tremendous feat to do something like this with a minimal amount of people. There isn't another outside agency that has done more for the Ambridge police department and our residents here than the agents at the Pennsylvania Attorney General's bureau of narcotics investigation in Butler."
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