Heroin bust leads to raid on Charleroi house

August 27, 2013
Shawn Patterson

The Washington County district attorney’s office Monday raided the home of a Charleroi woman whose son was arraigned that evening on charges he possessed a large quantity of heroin.

County detectives led the search on the 1005 Crest Ave. home of Kathy Patterson Savko, looking for cocaine, heroin, drug paraphernalia, records, electronic devices and cash profits from drug deals, court records show. An inventory of what was seized from the house was not immediately known Tuesday.

Arraigned in the case was Shawn L. Patterson, 29, of the same address, who was picked up in the borough Aug. 15 and accused of possessing 30 bricks of heroin and $5,860, and temporarily remanded to Westmoreland County jail on unrelated charges.

The detectives and Charleroi Regional police received information this month he was allegedly selling heroin from the residence, along with numerous tips involving a high number of people visiting there and drug deals occurring in the streets, the affidavit accompanying the search warrant indicates.

Police set up surveillance and observed what appeared to be an outdoor drug sale this month. On another occasion, police said, they noticed Shawn L. Patterson there and were aware he was wanted in Westmoreland on felony warrants, the record show. It appeared to them Patterson had something stuffed into his pants pockets.

He later was taken into custody during a traffic stop in which police allege they found 541 stamp bags of heroin and a large sum of money in his pockets.

Investigators served an arrest warrant on him about 9:30 p.m. at 101 Luella Ave., Charleroi, and while they were there they noticed the smell of marijuana and people scattering, the criminal complaint shows.

During a search of the residence, police said, they found 30 bricks of heroin in a red and black backpack in a bedroom.

Police said they had previously seen Patterson wearing the same backpack.

He was charged Monday by county detectives with drug possession with intent to deliver, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

District Judge Larry Hopkins remanded him to Washington County jail on $750,000 bond as investigators planned to file additional charges in the case.

He still faces unresolved charges of flight to avoid apprehension and disorderly conducted filed last year by police in West Newton in Westmoreland.

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's from Duquesne University. Scott spent three weeks in Vietnam in 2004 as a foreign correspondent under an International Center for Journalists fellowship.

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