New Castle News


July 31, 2013

Real, counterfeit drugs seized in raid


Only a portion of the drugs seized in an early morning drug raid yesterday were authentic.

The New Castle police department, its special response team and the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, raided a house at 233 N. Ray St. They confiscated approximately 30 grams of suspected marijuana, 1.4 grams of suspected heroin, 35 and a half suspected Xanax tablets and 271.8 grams of suspected counterfeit cocaine.

Jamal Pierre Hill, 36, of 233 N. Ray St. was charged with two counts of manufacture or possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, three counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arraigned before District Judge Melissa Amodie and remains in the Lawrence County jail on $10,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 7.

According to court documents, officers — armed with a sealed search warrant — raided the home at 6:50 a.m. In the house, officers found Hill, a woman and two juveniles, who were turned over to Lawrence County Children and Youth Services.

During an interview with Hill, police said, he told officers all controlled and counterfeit substances belonged to him. They released the woman and no charges were filed against her.

Task force members who searched the home located and seized five cell phones, $106, a bottle containing the suspected Xanax tablets, a marijuana grinder, plastic bags containing the suspected marijuana, suspected heroin, three cameras, several rare coins, jewelry, a digital camcorder inside a window facing the rear of the residence and a digital scale.

Police also noted the house had an exterior surveillance camera on the southwest corner.

Three bags containing the suspected counterfeit cocaine were located in a child’s lunch box in the kitchen.

In a bedroom, police found a box and a plastic bag containing ammunition and several plastic bags with the corners cut out. In the basement, police located various electronics including a Touchsmart PC, speakers, a printer, headphones, a microphone and drum machine.

Confiscated items were taken to the New Castle police station and suspected controlled substances were forwarded to the Pennsylvania state police lab in Greensburg for chemical analysis.

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