By Ross Guidotti

PENN TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Police in Westmoreland County have one person in custody and seized drugs, hundreds of dollars in cash and weapons in two separate investigations in Penn Township.

The first bust was made thanks to a tip about a potential marijuana grow operation in a two-story home in the 1000-block of Harrison City-Export Road.

“We received some information from a construction worker in the active construction zone in Harrison City that they believed potentially a grow operation was underway,” said Penn Township Police Chief John Otto.

According to Chief Otto, investigators seized multiple marijuana plants, grow lights, cash, a firearm and other drug paraphernalia while serving a search warrant at the home.

The items are being analyzed at a crime lab and charges will be filed.

In the second, separate investigation, police arrested Stephanie Kelly three days later at her home in the Penn Heights trailer park after serving a search warrant there.

“Stephanie was one of the players involved in the delivery of this product,” said Chief Otto.

Police say they found approximately 100 bags of heroin with a street value up to $1,500, three guns, drug paraphernalia, items used to package narcotics and $1,500 in cash in the Bert Circle home.

“We do understand that children had access to that residence, at least on a visitation basis, if not living there,” Chief Otto said. “So they certainly would have been exposed to that type of atmosphere.”

Kelly is facing counts of possession of a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy and other drug charges.

She was arraigned and is being held in the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bond.

Chief Otto says more arrests could be coming.

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