HARRISBURG – Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced charges against three individuals for trafficking heroin in Indiana County.
Evidence and testimony was presented to a state investigating grand jury, which recommended the charges being filed today.
Derrick Clemons, 36, 719 Buckley Road, Indiana, Armstrong Township, Indiana County, was arraigned today on charges of operating a heroin trafficking ring in and around Indiana and Shelocta boroughs, and Armstrong Township in Indiana County.
According to the grand jury, Clemons had two “runners,” Justine Henry and Jackie Kinter, to deliver heroin on his behalf. Clemons allegedly provided disposable cell phones to the runners to answer customer calls and make deliveries.
Clemons repeatedly changed meeting locations and arranged meetings in remote locations to evade law enforcement, utilizing all-terrain vehicles to travel to and from deliveries, and installed multiple surveillance cameras on the exterior of his residences in Shelocta Borough and Armstrong Township, according to the grand jury.
Over the course of the investigation, investigators made controlled purchases of 267 stamped bags of heroin and seized at Clemons’ Buckley Road residence 22 additional stamped bags, $1,000 and other items.
Clemons is charged with 10 counts of delivery of heroin, one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, two counts of criminal conspiracy and two counts of corrupt organizations.
Also charged are Clemons’ alleged runners Jackie Kinter, 41, 44 Cosmos Lane, Indiana, Indiana County and Justine Henry, 20, 1068 Gompers Ave., Indiana, Indiana County.
Henry is charged with two counts of delivery of heroin and two counts of criminal conspiracy.
Kinter is charged with one count of delivery of heroin and two counts of criminal conspiracy.
Attorney General Kane thanked Indiana District Attorney Patrick Dougherty’s Drug Task Force and the Indiana Borough Police Department for their assistance with the investigation.
The cases will be prosecuted in Indiana County by Deputy Attorney General Marnie Sheehan-Balchon of the Drug Strike Force Section.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)