Allegheny County sheriff's deputies serving a family court warrant Friday morning wound up recovering six bricks of suspected heroin and arresting five men on unrelated drug charges.
Tony Griffith, spokesman for the Allegheny County sheriff's office, said deputies and McKeesport police went to an apartment in the Crawford Village housing complex before 8 a.m. to arrest Troy L. Brown, 20, of Elizabeth Twp. on a warrant for failing to appear for a hearing in family court.
Upon arrival, Griffith said, police and sheriff's deputies found "multiple tenants" within the apartment, as well as "a lot of activity," and observed a brick of what they suspected to be heroin in plain view.
Officers and deputies detained Brown and four other men while they awaited a search warrant from Allegheny County Judge David Cashman, Griffith said.
When they searched the apartment, police and sheriff's deputies recovered a .357-caliber revolver with its serial number removed, a 9-mm pistol that had been reported stolen from Clairton, six bricks and two bundles of suspected heroin, a small amount of marijuana, a digital scale and $2,000 in cash, Griffith said.
Brown and Evander P. Williams, 26, of McKeesport were arrested on family court warrants and taken to Allegheny County Jail.
Brown and Williams also face new charges from the sheriff's office of receiving stolen property, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, tampering with evidence, possession of controlled substances, possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Also charged by the sheriff's office with receiving stolen property, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, tampering with evidence, possession of controlled substances, possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia were Charles Collier, 18, of Clairton; Savonce Williams, 20, of McKeesport; and Gordon Blackwell, 25, of McKeesport, according to court records.
Evander Williams and Blackwell each face an additional charge of defiant trespass, according to court records.
A preliminary hearing for all five men has been scheduled for March 19 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi. Bond information was not immediately available Friday night.
Allegheny County probation officers assisted with the search and the arrests, Griffith said.
Originally published March 09, 2018.