BUTLER (KDKA) — Drug dealers are drafting younger teens as salesmen because, police say, they tend to get more lenient penalties.
More than a dozen officers from the Butler County Drug Task Force busted the tenants of a first-floor apartment early Saturday morning.
“Had to breach the door to enter,” said Det. Timothy Fennell.
The next call likely might have gone to a plumber.
“They attempted to flush about 180 bags of heroin down the toilet – made it into the toilet bowl but they never got to pull the handle,” Fennell said.
The apartment on East Jefferson had been under surveillance for about a week.
“The drug task force officers made several buys out of the apartment – and applied for a search warrant,” Fennell said.
Arrested and charged with felony possession and conspiracy are 20-year-old Miles Allen and his girlfriend, 27-year-old Mandy Gumm.
Ashton Lewis, 21, along with two juveniles – ages 16 and 17, all from Pittsburgh — tried to get away.
“All three piled into a very small bathroom and there was nowhere for them to go,” Fennell said.
The boys were allegedly assisting in the sales.
“Both had large amounts of money on them,” Fennell added.
The officers involved in the raid recovered nearly 400 stamp bags containing what they believe is heroin. The packets were marked “Django” or “300” – both movie titles.
“They were selling bundles – 10 at a time – so fairly substantial for Butler area,” Fennell said.
Almost $1,900 in cash was also recovered.
Gumm, Miles and Lewis are at the Butler County Prison. Each is being held on a bail set at $100,000.
The teenage boys were turned over to juvenile authorities.