Category Archives: Pittsburgh Criminal Defense Attorney

Western Pennsylvania Sex Traffickers Arrested in Philadelphia

As a follow-up to last week’s story where it was reported that a former prison guard and her accomplice turned a 16-year-old girl into a prostitute, it has been confirmed that two Pittsburgh area residents, a 33-year-old female and a 32-year-old male, the latter having been a former inmate at the prison where the female worked as a guard, are being federally charged with sex trafficking of a child and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking. The victim, who was 16 at the time of the alleged incidents, is from Western Pennsylvania and had fled from a juvenile placement program when the defendants found her and began their alleged crimes.

The defendants were respectively a guard and an inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Greensburg, where they met. The inmate was serving a sentence for drug-related offenses and the two began living together upon his release from prison. The victim met them during the summer of 2012 and was invited to move in with them, which she did. Soon after moving in the victim was allegedly told by the defendants that she would need to become a prostitute so that they could have money.

The victim claimed to federal agents that the male defendant physically assaulted her and made threats on her life by indicating that he owned several guns. He also is alleged to have held her hostage inside the apartment, telling her that she couldn’t leave because she was on the run from authorities and would be sent back to the juvenile program if she left.

The defendants are in the process of being transported back to Pittsburgh after having been located and arrested in Philadelphia. They have not yet been appointed legal representation.

Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law is a National Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer and Personal Injury Attorney with offices in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and Morgantown West Virginia.

If you or someone you love are facing criminal charges or seriously injured in an accident, contact Attorney Frank Walker immediately at 412-315-744124 hours a day, 7 days a week for aggressive and experienced Criminal Defense or Representation in a Civil Case.

Ross Township Man Accused of Theraflu Selling Laced Heroin

A man from Ross Township was arrested for allegedly selling heroin laced with fentanyl, a mixture which he then labeled “Theraflu.”

Ross Township and Springdale Township police coordinated with the Allegheny County Narcotics Team to make the arrest. Police sources indicate that the suspect, who is from Glenshaw, has been arrested and charged with multiple counts relating to the possession and sale of heroin and cocaine. Police allege that the man sold the drugs to undercover police agents on multiple occasions.

Heroin laced with fentanyl has been implicated in heroin overdose deaths in at least 14 states. The drug cocktail rose to prominence after the recent overdose death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The suspect in this latest case is alleged to have sold the drug mixture across the northern sections of Pittsburgh. For his part the man, who was arrested at his parent’s house, proclaimed his innocence. As he walked to a waiting police cruiser he was quoted as saying “Not guilty, I’ll tell you that.”

Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law is a National Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer and Personal Injury Attorney with offices in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and Morgantown West Virginia.

If you or someone you love are facing criminal charges or seriously injured in an accident, contact Attorney Frank Walker immediately at 412-315-744124 hours a day, 7 days a week for aggressive and experienced Criminal Defense or Representation in a Civil Case.

Hidden Compartment inside Car Reveals 2,500 bags of Heroin

While searching for a suspected drug dealer in the Tarentum area, police discovered a car that the suspect allegedly used to transport the drugs. A search of the car yielded thousands of bags of heroin.

Police from Tarentum and Harrison Township joined forces with the State Attorney General’s Office in the search for a 34 year old man who is suspected of drug dealing. After obtaining a search warrant the group raided an apartment in the 200 block of Seventh Avenue, but did not locate the suspect inside. But police were able to make arrests on two other individuals who were in the apartment, and also were able to confiscate a car that the suspect had been seen driving.

With the help of a drug sniffing dog, police were able to locate a hidden compartment in the car which held approximately 2,500 bags of heroin and a handgun. Police have estimated that the group headed by the suspect may have sold as many as 2,500 bags of heroin per week from the car.

The two individuals who were arrested within the apartment were booked on drug related charges. The original suspect is still at large.

Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law is a National Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer and Personal Injury Attorney with offices in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and Morgantown West Virginia.

If you or someone you love are facing criminal charges or seriously injured in an accident, contact Attorney Frank Walker immediately at 412-315-744124 hours a day, 7 days a week for aggressive and experienced Criminal Defense or Representation in a Civil Case.

 

Arrests Near in Card Cloning Scheme

Police are close to arresting multiple suspects as a result of a scheme to clone the new electronic fare cards which the Port Authority has issued.

In an investigation which he describes as ongoing, Detective Kevin Atkins said that at least four of the new electronic fare cards, called ConnectCards, were duplicated. He declined to comment on just how many copies were made or how often the cards were used. According to Detective Atkins police have identified several suspects who police believe are involved in the scheme, and arrests are pending.

The ConnectCards, which are part of a $41 million dollar upgrade to the transportation system, are thought to be far more secure than previous fare systems. The cards have computer chips which store fare information, and can hold value for travelers who wish to purchase a weekly, monthly, or annual passes. The cloned cards are said to be of the weekly, monthly, and annual variety.

One benefit of the new system is that it allows authorities to better detect abnormal usage patterns. Authorities believe that the counterfeit cards are being sold for a profit.

Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law is a National Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer and Personal Injury Attorney with offices in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and Morgantown West Virginia.

If you or someone you love are facing criminal charges or seriously injured in an accident, contact Attorney Frank Walker immediately at 412-315-744124 hours a day, 7 days a week for aggressive and experienced Criminal Defense or Representation in a Civil Case.

 

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10 Faith Leaders Arrested while Protesting UMPC

Members of the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network staged a protest at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Thursday, which resulted in 10 members of the group being arrested.

The protestors arrived at UPMC with the stated intention of meeting with the medical center’s CEO Jeffrey Romoff in order to discuss ways to seek wage increases for UPMC employees. The group was refused entrance to the building, and then blocked the entrance in protest. Police were called and 10 of the Interfaith Network members were arrested and taken away in handcuffs.  They were later charged with trespassing.

The Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network is part of a roughly 18 month ongoing series of protests at UPMC aimed at helping employees unionize. This latest incident is likely to further fuel the protests, and one reverend with the movement has already stated the subsequent protests will be “larger than they anticipate.”

Attorney Frank Walker of Frank Walker Law is a National Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer and Personal Injury Attorney with offices in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and Morgantown West Virginia.

If you or someone you love are facing criminal charges or seriously injured in an accident, contact Attorney Frank Walker immediately at 412-315-744124 hours a day, 7 days a week for aggressive and experienced Criminal Defense or Representation in a Civil Case.