Charleroi police arrest two on heroin charges

August 6, 2014

Two men were arrested Wednesday night on drug charges after Charleroi Regional police received a tip about suspected drug activity at a Ninth Street apartment.

Antoine J. Hairston, 21, of Monessen, and Michael Standard Jr., 23, of Rankin, were taken into custody at the apartment at 210 Ninth.

Police received an anonymous complaint about drug use at the apartment. The two residents of the apartment gave police permission to search.

They also agreed to allow Officer William Gardner and his dog, Rex, to search the apartment.

The two suspects were found sitting on a couch in a back room.

They identified themselves as Michael Standard and Jadran Wade.

The dog alerted officers to a marijuana cigar under an entertainment stand.

Fifty stamp bags of suspected heroin also were found along with another 14 stamp bags in another bag.

Police said Standard had $651 in cash while the other man had $35.

The two residents of the apartment told police that Standard and the man they identified as “Tweezy” came to the apartment to sell heroin in exchange for giving them some of the drug.

Chief Eric Porter said the two would likely give the residents of the apartment a few bags of heroin in exchange for allowing them to conduct drug deals.

Porter said the man who identified himself as Wade was taken to the state police barracks for a scan of his fingerprints.

His identity was then determined to be Antoine Hairston.

Porter said police had been aware of the two suspects for a couple of weeks, although they were not sure of Hairston’s name.

Standard is currently awaiting trial on two other drug cases.

Hairston was wanted on a warrant by Monessen police on charges including aggravated assault and reckless endangerment stemming from an incident earlier this year.

Hairston and Standard were arraigned before District Judge Robert Redlinger. Both are charged with possession and possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of paraphernalia and marijuana.

Hairston also was charged with giving false identification to police. They were each placed in Washington County jail on $25,000 bond.

Both are scheduled for a preliminary hearing Aug. 20 before District Judge Larry Hopkins.

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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