Police Surveillance Leads to Drug Bust on Bel Air Drive

And other Whitehall police notes from July 31-Aug. 6.

Police Surveillance Leads to Drug Bust on Bel Air Drive

Patience paid off for members of the  on July 31.

Officers, according to police Chief Donald R. Dolfi, had been involved in an "ongoing investigation" of 3197 Bel Air Dr. for some time regarding possible drug activity there before executing a search warrant on the home at around 11:45 a.m. that day.

The officers, acting on information given to them by concerned residents of the immediate area, had been conducting surveillance on a resident of that address.

When the officers finally entered 3197 Bel Air on July 31, they discovered three people inside, approximately a half-pound of marijuana and some related drug paraphernalia.

The marijuana and paraphernalia were taken by police, who are charging Ryan Christopher Brooks, 18, of that address, with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Brooks was taken to the Allegheny County Jail.

Assault, Harassment at Whitehall Place

Whitehall police officers were informed of an argument that had turned violent at 1600 Skyline Dr. in the at around 2 p.m. on Friday.

When the officers arrived at the apartment in question, they discovered a female victim lying on the floor, Chief Dolfi said.

Emergency workers from arrived soon after and provided medical treatment at the scene. The victim did not need to be taken anywhere else for further treatment.

Dolfi said that officers determined through information available to them that the aggressor was James Nhial, 32, of 1600 Skyline.

Nhial has been charged with simple assault and harassment.

Bicycle Stolen

A resident of Woody Crest Drive told Whitehall police that a bicycle was stolen from his or her son on Woody Crest sometime between 8 and 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The parent said that the son left the bike—a black, 20-inch Avigo model with green lettering (valued at around $100)—by the dead end of the street.

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Baldwin Guy August 08, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Why are they dedicating so much effort for marijuana? People in Baldwin and Whitehall are dying from heroin every year, and doing crimes for heroin. No one is robbing for marijuana, I can see how the neighbors would not want that element in the neighborhood, but for once I would love to see a heroin bust on here! I hope we see a story soon on them taking down a heroin dealer soon!
cc August 08, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Marijuana is an ILLEGAL SUBSTANCE and the police have every right to bust people for it. Heroin is also illegal and they need to be busted also. Haven't seen anything in the Patch or in the Post Gazette of people dying from heroin every year in Baldwin/Whitehall. If you know of heroin dealers in Baldwin/Whitehall did you go to the police and report them so they can get an investigation going?
Baldwin Guy August 08, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I graduated Baldwin in 1996, and just about every year, another person who I knew of as a heroin user dies. Of course the parents will not list in the obituary "died from drugs". If I did know of a heroin dealer I would report them! I just think it is a waste of police time to track down marijuana when so many more serious problems exist in the community. It is illegal, correct but so are many other things that are not focused on by the police. I am just saying clean out the big problem before they waste time with something harmless.
cc August 08, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Do we know these dealers of pot aren't also dealing heroin, coke, crack, pills. No we don't know what they are dealing till they are busted. It isn't a waste of time to bust marijuana dealers as this is a major problem in our middle school and high school. All dealers should be busted.
cc August 08, 2012 at 04:59 PM
If it was so harmless then it would be legalized in the United States but it isn't. Even the states that have legalized it still can be busted from the Federal Government.
Baldwin Guy August 08, 2012 at 05:06 PM
cigarettes and alcohol are very harmful but legal, so harmful or not has nothing to do with legal or not. listen I don't care enough about marijuana being legal or not to debate it with you, I am not Mr. legalize or something, I will skip that debate. I can honestly say in the past when I did know of people who sold pot (15 + years ago) not one sold anything but that. but like I said you can debate this with someone who cares about fighting for legal pot, I don't care, last comment on the subject.
cc August 08, 2012 at 07:57 PM
The police are not wasting time or money busting people for marijuana, it is their job when people report drug dealings going on in their neighborhood. Any your right cigarettes are harmful. So is drinking alcohol and driving. Baldwin/Whitehall also has a major drug problem in the area and they need to get rid of all the drug dealers.
CITIZEN August 08, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Whitehall police have nothing better to do than go bust a small time pot dealer? come on guys go bust the people ACTUALLY commiting crimes.
CITIZEN August 08, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Whitehall police bust a pot dealer? Big deal. Marijuana is becoming so mainstream now-a-days that it doesnt really even matter? Weed isnt even a drug its a plant? If weed is a drug, so are cigarettes. The whitehall police have been corrupt since the mid 90's and were all aquitted of the charges. To all you non-pot smokers. Grow up. Grow up and realize that your listening to propaganda that is being nationally spread, for what reason. If weed was really that bad, then why was it once legal in the United Statess. To the whitehall police..go out, write speeding tickets, and bust people doing actual crimes..not someone trying to get by.
cc August 09, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Citizen I think non-pot smokers are grown up since we don't purchase illegal drugs nor smoke them. Marijuana is illegal and the Whitehall Police along with all the other Police Departments have every right to bust marijuana dealers. I'm sure the Whitehall Police are writing out speeding tickets, pulling people over who are driving under the influence, stopping crimes and even solving them. There job is also to bust people that are selling illegal drugs. When I needed to get by, I went out and got a second job which most people will do instead of selling illegal drugs. What police in Whitehall is corrupt? Baldwin Borough, Brentwood, City of Pittsburgh and Whitehall Police were all involved in Gammage death
Robert Edward Healy, III May 06, 2013 at 04:37 PM
UPDATE: Charges Lessened, Probation Sentence for Whitehall Teen in Drug Bust (http://patch.com/A-4jrN)


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