U.S. Marshals join hunt for drug suspect

January 5, 2013

Southwest Regional police have asked for assistance from the U.S. Marshals office in the hunt for a Coal Center woman wanted on felony drug charges after heroin and drug paraphernalia were found in an Oct. 11 search of her home.

Loretta F. Huntington, 41, of 135 Spring St., is wanted on charges of possession and possession with intent to deliver heroin and possession of heroin.

In October, police were called to 135 Spring St. for a report of a man on a roof with a gun. Police arrived and determined it was a pellet gun. During an interview with the residents, police could smell a strong odor of marijuana.

Ramon Lee Cammack, 34, of Pittsburgh, handed police a small bag of marijuana. When asked if there were any more drugs, Cammack then handed over a larger bag of marijuana, police said.

Huntington, whose name is on the lease of the apartment, refused to give police permission for a Charleroi police dog to search the house but told police they could look.

Police reportedly found several Opana tablets inside a shoe in the hallway closet. Cammack told police it was his shoe and drugs. A lock box was found inside Huntington’s bedroom. She told police that it was her box.

When police tried to seize the lock box, she tried to stop them from leaving with it. She reportedly took the box away and told them it was her personal property. Police again seized the lock box and placed it in a cruiser. Huntington allegedly tried to remove it from the cruiser and told police Chief John Hartman that the box contained documentation for her children.

Police took the lock box to the station and obtained a warrant to search it. A locksmith opened the box the following day. Inside the box, police found about 500 packets of heroin, approximately $2,980, a digital scale with suspected marijuana residue, a bag of rubber bands, three electronic cigarettes and two cartridges for the cigarettes containing suspected heroin.

“She’s just disappeared into thin air,” said Hartman of Huntington. “We’ve not been able to find her.”

Cammack was arraigned on drug charges in November. He is free on a $25,000 percentage bond after waiving his case to court during a Nov. 19 hearing before District Judge Joshua Kanalis.

Police said Huntington is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Southwest Regional police at 724-929-8484. Callers can remain anonymous.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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