Drug bust nets federal cocaine charge for Pittsburgh lady

February 26 – A Pittsburgh woman was jailed for federal drug abuse following a drug explosion by city police Thursday in Homewood North.

Monique Mathews, 25, is on court records of possession with intent on distributing cocaine.

City detectives arrested Matthews and confiscated over 800 grams of cocaine, as well as lots of heroin and fentanyl, and two stolen guns while they were issuing a search warrant at around 6 a.m. in an apartment building on the 7100 block of Race Street.

A SWAT team assisted on site.

In court documents, police said Matthews was arrested after emerging from the third floor. Police said Matthews admitted that items found in a bedroom on the third floor were hers.

Police said the items contained: About 30 grams of cracked cocaine and another 750 grams of cocaine in a bag; nine stones of heroin / fentanyl in a box; a tube containing 44 bundles of heroin / fentanyl and approximately 102 grams of heroin / fentanyl in four sachets; a digital scale with white residue; one .40 caliber pistol and one .380 caliber pistol.

She was sent to Allegheny County Jail. A video hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

Jeff Himler is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, jhimler@triblive.com, or on Twitter.

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