Four arrested in Donora on drug charges

May 19, 2014

Donora police arrested four people on drug charges over the weekend stemming from two incidents, one involving a fire at the Third Street home of one of the suspects and the other during a traffic stop in the 100 block of Fifth Street.

Keith Wilkerson, 44, of 451 Third St., and Molina S. Fleming, 40, of 22 S. McKean Ave., Donora, were arrested early Saturday when suspected crack and cocaine were found in Wilkerson’s home after firefighters discovered suspected drug paraphernalia, police said.

Michelle Ann Polizzi, 22, of 453 Fifth St., Donora, and Sheri Lynn Cyr, 34, of 509 First St., Charleroi, were arrested early Monday after they allegedly were found with several stamp bags of suspected heroin.

A call for a fire at the Third Street home was received about 1 a.m. Saturday. When firefighters arrived, flames were visible on the second floor, and there was heavy smoke in the master bedroom. Wilkerson and Fleming were removing cats from the home.

After the fire was out, police were notified by the fire department of possible drug paraphernalia in the kitchen. Police said they saw a jar containing white residue and two pots set up like a double boiler, which they said is a common way to cook narcotics.

Police seized the jar, and the contents field-tested positive for cocaine. The home was locked down, and police obtained a search warrant from District Judge Jay Weller. Police said they found a bag of suspected cocaine and a bag of suspected crack inside the freezer. Another jar of suspected cocaine was found in the kitchen. Drug paraphernalia, including a scale, also was found in the bedroom, police said.

Cyr and Polizzi were passengers in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation. Police said the two could be seen inside the vehicle moving around, and two empty stamp bags and a syringe cap were found in the vehicle.

When asked, Cyr reportedly told police she had four stamp bags of heroin hidden in her bra. Police said Polizzi told officers she and Cyr went to Charleroi to purchase the heroin for them to share. She said she kept the heroin until they realized they were getting stopped by police, then gave the drugs to Cyr. Polizzi said she was out on bond for another drug arrest.

All four were arraigned before Weller.

Wilkerson, who is charged with possession and possession with intent to deliver cocaine and crack and possession of paraphernalia, was placed in Washington County jail on $25,000 bond. Fleming was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and jailed on $10,000 bond.

Cyr, who is charged with possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia and obstructing law enforcement, was jailed on $5,000 bond. Polizzi, who is charged with possession of heroin and paraphernalia and conspiracy, was jailed on $10,000 bond.

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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