Police: Two arrested after heroin found at Washington home

July 21, 2014
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From left, Kristen Marie Sibert and Jared Clemens
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Authorities said two suspected drug dealers were taken into custody after the Washington police K-9 altered on suspected heroin when Washington County District Attorney’s Task Force detectives and city police served a search warrant at a Washington home.

Kristen Marie Sibert, 28, of 180 McAdam Ave., Washington, and Jared Clemens, 21, of 1842 The Circle, Canton Township, were taken into custody at Sibert’s home after the search warrant obtained from District Judge Gary Havelka was served there about 8:20 a.m. Monday.

Detectives said they obtained the warrant from Havelka about noon Sunday after recently making numerous controlled buys from the residence. When Sibert and Clemens failed to answer the door, detectives and city police forced their way into the residence. The two suspects were kept in the living room while Officer Matthew Karlosky and his K-9, Golem, searched the home.

The dog alerted to several areas in a second-floor bedroom, including a brown box in a closet. Inside, detectives said they found 112 empty stamp bags. The dog also hit on a purse police say contained 73 stamp bags of suspected heroin, a bag of powdered cocaine and about 100 pills. Also inside the purse was $744.

Police said Sibert and Clemens told detectives they were selling the heroin to support their own habits. Both the heroin and cocaine field-tested as positive.

District Attorney Gene Vittone said the task force detectives were following up on complaints received from residents.

“They were able to develop probable cause for execution of a search warrant,” Vittone said. “We will continue to focus our law enforcement resources on the prosecution and elimination of dangerous drug dealers in Washington County.”

Vittone also commended the efforts of task force detectives and city police.

Sibert and Clemens were arraigned before District Judge Robert Redlinger on charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin and narcotics, possession of heroin, narcotics and cocaine, and possession of paraphernalia. They were placed in Washington County jail on $25,000 bonds. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 4 before Redlinger.

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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