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Whitehall Police Use Informant to Arrest Heroin Dealer

Arrest happened on Nov. 19 along Streets Run Road.

A SWAT team was ready, but it turns out that it wasn't necessary to bring down a heroin dealer in Whitehall Borough in mid-November, Whitehall police Chief Donald R. Dolfi said.

Police arrested Joshua Gunter, 24, of 455 Streets Run Rd. in Whitehall, on Nov. 19 after Dolfi said that a confidential informant engaged in a "drug-buy" with Gunter at Gunter's residence that afternoon.

Dolfi said that police officers from the nearby Baldwin Borough, Bethel Park and Mt. Lebanon police departments, as well as a Castle Shannon K-9 unit, joined Whitehall police on Nov. 19. Groups from those and other municipalities helped to form a South Hills Area Council of Governments SWAT team prior to the arrest that day, but Dolfi said that the SWAT team was deemed not to be necessary since the arrest of Gunter occurred outside.

Gunter sold the informant heroin while police were stationed nearby witnessing the transaction, Dolfi said. At that point, they executed arrest and search warrants on Gunter and on his residence, finding drug paraphernalia and more heroin at 455 Streets Run.

Dolfi said that his officers had been working on this case for a little more than a month after receiving information of possible drug activity at Gunter's home.

"All the work paid off," the chief said.

Gunter has been charged with delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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JM November 28, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I believe this article has a misprint, it states that the Whitehall police department asked for assistance from Baldwin in a drug bust. I was under the assumption that Baldwin encouraged drug activity and only was concerned about collecting DUI court checks.
cc November 28, 2012 at 04:17 PM
JM do you know how to read??? The article did not state that Whitehall just went to Baldwin for help, "Dolfi said that police officers from the nearby Baldwin Borough, Bethel Park and Mt. Lebanon police departments, as well as a Castle Shannon K-9 unit, joined Whitehall police on Nov. 19. Groups from those and other municipalities helped to form a South Hills Area Council of Governments SWAT team prior to the arrest that day, but Dolfi said that the SWAT team was deemed not to be necessary since the arrest of Gunter occurred outside." The SWAT TEAM was formed in 1973 Whitehall is doing a great job of getting rid of drug dealers instead of just DUI bust.
JM November 28, 2012 at 05:46 PM
When did I ever say they just went to Baldwin for help? I did say that they asked for assistance from Baldwin, which they did. I believe you are the one that needs to learn how to read.
cc November 28, 2012 at 06:11 PM
JM 4 hours ago I believe this article has a misprint, it states that the Whitehall police department asked for assistance from Baldwin in a drug bust." Assistance and help are the same and they went to the " South Hills Area Council of Governments SWAT team", which is made up of 17 different communities. This was started back in 1973, as it was very expensive for each community to have a SWAT TEAM in place when they were going into risky situations. Each community had one of two officers trained in Quantico, Virginia to be members of the SWAT TEAM. Whitehall just didn't ask Baldwin for assistance, they went to South Hills Area Council of Governments SWAT team and officers from 5 other boroughs and Whitehall responded. Whitehall Police were able to handle this situation on their own.
NE12Ukid November 28, 2012 at 09:29 PM
so when are you going to tell us again about how you see repeated drug deals on "Brownsville Rd up by Brentwood" and how you called Baldwin Police, and how you captured it on your cameraphone.....and then tell us, as you have been asked just where on "Brownsville up by Brentwood" (to quote one of your posts about it) you saw this drug activity and why you called Baldwin Police when this is not in Baldwin? C'mon cc, answer the question.
NE12Ukid November 28, 2012 at 09:31 PM
cc:Whitehall is doing a great job of getting rid of drug dealers instead of just DUI bust. 4:29 pm on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 so when are you going to tell us again about how you see repeated drug deals on "Brownsville Rd up by Brentwood" and how you called Baldwin Police, and how you captured it on your cameraphone.....and then tell us, as you have been asked just where on "Brownsville up by Brentwood" (to quote one of your posts about it) you saw this drug activity and why you called Baldwin Police when this is not in Baldwin? C'mon cc, answer the question. Tell the truth and shame the devil!
old man November 28, 2012 at 11:20 PM
To all police departments involved in this drug bust. Fantastic job well done.
Cathy November 29, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Pretty sure JM is quite bitter with the Baldwin police. He's always on here bashing the DUI task force. Hmmm, wonder why......
NE12Ukid November 29, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Really? I thought that was cc's job. LOL
NE12Ukid November 29, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Cathy, I think you are accusing the wrong person. Here's what JM said: JM 12:42 pm on Monday, November 19, 2012 I do not understand the irrational hate for the Baldwin Boro Police Dept. My only interactions with the officers have been positive. My family and I have only ever needed to call the Baldwin police one time, and they responded within 5 minutes on the scene. and it had nothing to do with a DUI.
JM November 29, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Not bitter at all, just trying to get CC all worked up.
NE12Ukid November 29, 2012 at 05:03 PM
LOL! wonder if cc will ever fess up about the story about drug deals on Brownsville...
cc November 30, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Baldwin at their finest can only handle dui's. Thank goodness we got Police Departments like Whitehall, Baldwin Township, Mt Lebanon, Castle Shannon, South Park, Bethel Park, etc who want drug dealers off the streets, handle domestic situations, robberies besides handling DUI's. If you read Baldwin's Magistrate list that came out yesterday, 14 more people in there for DUI's
driver December 06, 2012 at 07:57 PM
cc: I am glad that you are proud of what I am assuming is "your" police department. I doubt that you have ever enforced a law or are a member of the law enforcement community so I don't think that you should be bashing other police departments. You should broaden your research forum to include statistical sources which are not subject to opinion, access to records, prejudices etc. I would urge you to check the ucr (uniform crime reports) that police departments are required to file. The records are monitored and maintained by the State Police and FBI. A simple check of the Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System will let you check the statistics for any police department in Pennsylvania (http://ucr.psp.state.pa.us/UCR/Reporting/RUAware/RUAwareCountyUI.asp). I would also urge you to know your surroundings and be aware of the community that you are in when you witness a crime so that you can notify the correct police department. I also highly doubt that you have been with any Baldwin Borough police officers for the domestic's that they respond to for you to base your knowledge of their response times to any calls other than DUI's. Baldwin Borough's police department is nationally accredited (CALEA) and must show records and maintain a standard or they will lose accreditation. Look into these things as I have taken the time to before you bash people who risk their lives to protect you and let you sleep with peace of mind.
NE12Ukid December 07, 2012 at 01:03 AM
C'mon cc, tell the truth about your Brownsville Rd story, and shame the devil. It won't kill you to admit to the truth.
Margaret French December 07, 2012 at 05:33 AM
NE12Ukid-what is with this story cc is suppose to tell? I can't find the article where all this started. I am lost. Can't you just drop this or don't you have a life/nothing better to do? It isn't getting old, it has been old.
driver December 07, 2012 at 04:11 PM
cc: I am glad that you are proud of what I am assuming is "your" police department. I doubt that you have ever enforced a law or are a member of the law enforcement community so I don't think that you should be bashing other police departments. You should broaden your research forum to include statistical sources which are not subject to opinion, access to records, prejudices etc. I would urge you to check the ucr (uniform crime reports) that police departments are required to file. The records are monitored and maintained by the State Police and FBI. A simple check of the Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System will let you check the statistics for any police department in Pennsylvania (http://ucr.psp.state.pa.us/UCR/Reporting/RUAware/RUAwareCountyUI.asp). I would also urge you to know your surroundings and be aware of the community that you are in when you witness a crime so that you can notify the correct police department. I also highly doubt that you have been with any Baldwin Borough police officers for the domestic's that they respond to for you to base your knowledge of their response times to any calls other than DUI's. Baldwin Borough's police department is nationally accredited (CALEA) and must show records and maintain a standard or they will lose accreditation. Look into these things as I have taken the time to before you bash people who risk their lives to protect you and let you sleep with peace of mind.
driver December 07, 2012 at 04:11 PM
cc: I am glad that you are proud of what I am assuming is "your" police department. I doubt that you have ever enforced a law or are a member of the law enforcement community so I don't think that you should be bashing other police departments. You should broaden your research forum to include statistical sources which are not subject to opinion, access to records, prejudices etc. I would urge you to check the ucr (uniform crime reports) that police departments are required to file. The records are monitored and maintained by the State Police and FBI. A simple check of the Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System will let you check the statistics for any police department in Pennsylvania (http://ucr.psp.state.pa.us/UCR/Reporting/RUAware/RUAwareCountyUI.asp). I would also urge you to know your surroundings and be aware of the community that you are in when you witness a crime so that you can notify the correct police department. I also highly doubt that you have been with any Baldwin Borough police officers for the domestic's that they respond to for you to base your knowledge of their response times to any calls other than DUI's. Baldwin Borough's police department is nationally accredited (CALEA) and must show records and maintain a standard or they will lose accreditation. Look into these things as I have taken the time to before you bash people who risk their lives to protect you and let you sleep with peace of mind.
NE12Ukid December 07, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Margaret, cc has been relentless in bashing the Baldwin police, it's in more than one comment section on various articles, and claims that she witnessed repeated drug deals on Brownsville Rd "up by Brentwood", that she called the Baldwin police and according to her they did nothing. The fact is that that section of Brownsville is NOT IN BALDWIN. driver was the first to call her out on this, and as long as she continues to bash our fine Baldwin police force, I will continue to ask for the TRUTH about her claims. She either called the wrong police and is griping about HER mistake, or she made up the whole darn thing. She was asked nicely a few times and even provided a map, but she apparently thinks she can continue to bash the BPD. Yes, Margaret, I have a life, thank you. And it's one that includes respect for our law enforcement personnel.
NE12Ukid December 07, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Margaret, since you asked, "-what is with this story cc is suppose to tell? I can't find the article where all this started. I am lost." Here's just a few of her police bashing posts including more than one where she says it was on Brownsville by Brentwood, sorry I don't have time to copy them all, but you can easily do the quick search and see more if you wish: cc 12:59 pm on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 bd i have to agree with you there. It is a shame how bad the borough has gotten over the last few years and i'm not even talking about the Residence of South Hills either. I'm talking about Baldwin up on Brownsville Road by Brentwood. cc5:49 am on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 NBresident you got that right, all you ever read is Baldwin busting people for DUI, nothing else. I can see pulling people over swaying all over the road, but pulling people over for a tail light that is out just to see if they are drunk is nuts. I don't drink and people that had one to many should find other transportation home other than drive. We got kids and adults dealing drugs up on Brownsville road on the boarder of Brentwood and yet the Police in Baldwin ignore this and it is happening in the middle of the day right out in public. . cc6:48 pm on Monday, October 29, 2012 .. seems that is all Baldwin does is bust drunk drivers. Why don't the bust the ones up on Brownsville Road dealing drugs.
NE12Ukid December 07, 2012 at 08:46 PM
cc11:36 pm on Friday, November 16, 2012 driver your the moron , I happen to know where Brentwood and the City of Pittsburgh ends and what part is Baldwin. If I was in either of these two places something would be done, but we got Baldwin Police that doesn't want to do anything than but DUI's cc8:25 pm on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 ne12ukid it is all public record on what the police do who they ticketed, busted for dui or any other charges for the day. Only thing Baldwin police seem to do is bust people for DUI's cc3:29 pm on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 We got drug dealers, same ones on Brownsville Road night after night yet Baldwin does nothing at all. They are only worried about drunk drivers. It reeks up on Brownsville Road and Baldwin Cops drive right by them. cc8:31 pm on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 yes I did report it to the police and also filmed a drug deal on my cell phone for them but the one office said he had more important things to be doing after waiting up on Brownsville Road for them to show up. Guess they didn't have their quota of dui's for the month or he didn't get enough free coffee and donuts for the day. .
NE12Ukid December 07, 2012 at 08:46 PM
cc9:12 pm on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 ...Baldwin is more worried about getting dui's off the road then responding to domestic calls in a timely manner. ...after all Baldwin at their finest getting DUI's but let drug dealers make drug deals right up on Brownsville Road and they could care less about them, since they don't make that much money off of the small time dealers. cc 4:31 am on Thursday, November 15, 2012 NB The point is I have called Baldwin Police, when I see people selling drugs to teens yet the borough police don't want to do anything about it period. I don't like crimes especially when you got drug dealers selling to teens up on Brownsville cc11:40 pm on Friday, November 16, 2012 driver your another delusional person. Whitehall Police and Baldwin Township Police do more than just bust DUI's, they are two outstanding Police Forces, can't say that for Baldwin though when they can't even patrol their own district with the same amount or more officers in other communities. cc9:08 am on Monday, November 19, 2012 Idiot ne12ukid, where I was at was in Baldwin, not Brentwood and the Baldwin police responded after 2 hours. Others have complained to get a Baldwin officer at their home it takes hours as they are to busy with dui's cc11:36 pm on Friday, November 16, 2012 driver your the moron, I happen to know where Brentwood and the City of Pittsburgh ends and what part is Baldwin
NE12Ukid December 07, 2012 at 08:47 PM
cc 4:31 am on Thursday, November 15, 2012 NB The point is I have called Baldwin Police, when I see people selling drugs to teens yet the borough police don't want to do anything about it period. I don't like crimes especially when you got drug dealers selling to teens up on Brownsville Road. cc 9:44 pm on Sunday, November 4, 2012 Ne12Ukid, when you have a brother in law a police chief of another Borough you tend to hear a lot about the police around in the South Hills, All Baldwin Police knows how to do is bust DUI's. Baldwin at their finest is busting dui's and not doing much of anything else. ````````````````````````````````````` THIS IS the FUNNIEST ONE, IMO. Talk about pot/kettle/black: cc 9:29 pm on Friday, November 16, 2012 I love how Erin just ignores post when she is put in her place. Never once has she admitted that she is wrong Hope that answers your question, Margaret.
cc December 08, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Drive, Baldwin at their finest is busting dui's. ne12ukid, aka ml, you are a total loser, will not respond to anything you write anymore, go away. Want me to go find all the quotes on you attacking people as you keep records on everyone on the patch and they have attacked you back. Like on the feral cats that you said" people in the medical profession have told you that one of your neighbors is crazy, which goes against HIPPA laws, how you live off 2,500 a month, am rich, then cry poor on another post, am a retired teacher, then say your not a teacher. seems all you are is a trouble maker, and can't blame your neighbors from running away from you when your outside as they don't want to deal with the nut job that you are. let not forget that you can go to drs, hospitals, get mri's dentist, eyeglasses, , go though airport security and never have to show id for anything cause your so special (mental). Then on other articles you cry boo hoo cause you can't afford to pay your meds. Your nothing but a loser and just ignore anything you write ml, aka leona, ne12ukid, and all the other names on the Patch that you have made up just to agree with yourself so you can pat yourself on the back as others think your a loser.
cc December 08, 2012 at 12:38 PM
driver what I also know it is much safer to live in Whitehall then Baldwin.
NE12Ukid December 08, 2012 at 02:43 PM
"THAN", not THEN. Yes, cc, I would LOVE it if you would post the comments with dates and/or links to the lies you have delusionally claimed about me. Start with: ``` you said" people in the medical profession have told you that one of your neighbors is crazy, which goes against HIPPA laws, ``` how you live off 2,500 a month, ``` am a retired teacher, ``` go though airport security and never have to show id for anything cause your so special (mental). ```cry boo hoo cause you can't afford to pay your meds And while you are at it, tell us all the truth about the claims you made about drug deals in Baldwin. (Brownsville Rd up by Brentwood) LOL!
NE12Ukid December 08, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Safer for everyone in Baldwin at least! LOL
NE12Ukid December 08, 2012 at 08:59 PM
In this holiday season, as well as all year, THANKS to all our law enforcement officers, such as Baldwin Borough: http://triblive.com/neighborhoods/yoursouthhills/yoursouthhillsmore/3002227-87/borough-council-police-baldwin-members-board-chief-scott-officers-week#axzz2EUo31dzi

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