Cell phone shop worker arrested on suspicion of selling drugs while working

PENNSYLVANIA (WTRF) — A man is behind bars after allegedly selling drugs outside a Cricket Wireless store where he worked in Westmoreland County, according to WPXI.

Cricket employee Melvin Payne was picked up without incident and charged with two counts of delivering a controlled substance, two counts of possession with intent to deliver, two counts of possession of a substance controlled and illegal use of a communication. establishment, the Westmoreland County Attorney’s Office said.

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On Nov. 17, members of the Westmoreland County Drug Task Force, Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, K9 Arko, Clairton Police, Penn Hills Police, and Monroeville Police executed a collaborative effort to serve two concurrent search warrants related to an ongoing drug investigation. .

The two warrants were for the Cricket Wireless store at the Tri-County Plaza in Belle Vernon and the other was for a house along Union Avenue in Clairton.

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Search warrants helped police seize 30 bricks of heroin, approximately 63.1 grams of cocaine, approximately 42.7 grams of crack cocaine, 2 pounds of marijuana, THC edibles, 90 tablets of Alprazolam, 21 ecstasy tablets and US$10,077, according to Westmoreland County. Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Payne is in Westmoreland County Jail custody following his arraignment and is on $200,000 cash bond. The prosecutor’s office said there may be additional charges pending.

“This significant arrest is essential not only to keep our communities safe, but it puts a dent in the drug epidemic that is inflicting pain on so many families. I am extremely grateful for the collaborative effort between our Drug Task Force and the Allegheny County Police Department who participated in this investigation. We will continue to vigorously pursue offenders who choose to distribute drugs in our neighborhoods, and we will hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law. »

Nicole W. Ziccarelli – Westmoreland County District

“Through the hard work of our team and partners in Westmoreland County, a dangerous drug dealer is off the streets. This individual has profited from bringing dangerous poisons to our communities and devastating families. The arrest today marks an ongoing effort to remove these drugs from our neighborhoods and keep Pennsylvanians safe.

Josh Shapiro – Attorney General