New Kensington man to stand trial on felony drug charges

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By Amanda Klein | August 24, 2018

Felony drug charges against a New Kensington resident have been held for court, after the man waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday.

Stacey Fitzgerald O’Neal, 29, faces six felony counts of possession with the intent to distribute and related charges, after police say he sold drugs three times this year to a police informant and a state undercover drug agent.

The controlled drug purchases from O’Neal, in which he allegedly sold cocaine to the agent on Jan. 9, Jan.31 and April 19, were made with marked bills and police recorded the serial numbers of the currency.

The informant police said, told a state drug agent that he could arrange to buy cocaine from O’Neal and the informant was aware that O’Neal had been regularly selling cocaine in New Kensington.

In all three purchases, O’Neal would arrange to meet the informant and drug agent at one location and complete the transaction at another location, with the exception of the Jan. 31 purchase, which was conducted in O’Neal’s car.

O’Neal was arrested on Aug. 2 and is in the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of posting a $75,000 bond.

A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Nov. 20  before Westmoreland County Common Pleas Judge Rita D. Hathaway.

Amanda Klein can be contacted at amanda.klein@grantstreetnews.com

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