McDonald police arrest three on drug charges

  • By Kathie Warco July 7, 2014
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From left, Gregory Allen Bayless Jr., Lorena Marie Craig and Stephen J. Bayless
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Gregory Allen Bayless Jr.
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Lorena Marie Craig
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Stephen J. Bayless

Three people were arrested by McDonald police over the weekend on warrants obtained after the trio reportedly was found with 80 stamp bags of suspected heroin during a traffic stop last month in Robinson Township.

Gregory Allen Bayless Jr., 32, and Lorena Marie Craig, 29, both of 640 Moore Road, South Franklin Township, were taken into custody Saturday night during a traffic stop on West Market Street in Burgettstown. They face additional charges of possession of paraphernalia after McDonald police said they found empty stamp bags of suspected heroin and needles in the vehicle. Stephen J. Bayless, 62, of 35 Tunnel St., West Alexander, was taken into custody late Saturday after he agreed to turn himself in to police.

A McDonald officer was monitoring traffic in the 5700 block of Noblestown Road on June 20 when a car was stopped for speeding. Gregory Bayless was identified as the driver.

While speaking with him, the officer said he noticed that Gregory Bayless was breathing heavily and that the pupils in his eyes were constricted, which is considered a sign of ingesting heroin. The officer also reported spotting a fresh puncture mark on Bayless’ forearm, near his elbow. Officers said they also saw, in plain view, a plastic red straw with a white powdery substance.

Police determined Gregory Bayless was wanted on a bench warrant, and he was taken into custody. After police asked Stephen Bayless and Craig to get out of the car, officers said they also noticed their pupils were constructed. Craig, who had a needle mark on her left forearm, admitted to using heroin that morning, police said.

Gregory Bayless would not give police permission to search his vehicle. The car was impounded, taken to a secure location and police obtained a warrant to search it. During a search of the car the following day, police said they found two purple Crown Royal bags, one containing 74 stamp bags of suspected heroin, 74 empty stamp bags and needles. The other bag, police allege, contained a tourniquet and needles. Another six bags of suspected heroin were found in Craig’s wallet, according to police.

An “owe sheet” reportedly was found in Craig’s purse. Police also obtained a search warrant for cellphones belonging to Stephen and Gregory Bayless, and they said text messages sent and received from both phones appeared to be to and from individuals arranging for the sale and delivery of narcotics.

All three were arraigned early Sunday before District Judge Joshua Kanalis on charges of possession and possession with intent to deliver heroin and possession of heroin. Gregory Bayless and Craig also were arraigned on the new charges. Gregory Bayless was denied bond and placed in Washington County jail. Craig was placed in jail on $100,000 bond, while Stephen Bayless was jailed on $50,000 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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