Suspected drug dealer charged
Cranberry man released on bail
Eagle Staff Writer
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March 14, 2017

CRANBERRY TWP — A 54-year-old man faces a hearing later this month in connection with a series of alleged drug deals at his home on Sherwood Drive.

William R. Reid is the second suspected dealer to be charged in the undercover investigation by the Butler County Drug Task Force.

Reid was arraigned Friday on a list of felonies and other charges in the case. He is free on $10,000 unsecured bail.

The task force earlier this month arrested Reid’s alleged accomplice, Robert Lamar Jones, 38, of Pittsburgh, on similar charges. He is in the Butler County Prison on $50,000 bail.

During the investigation, according to court documents, Reid is accused of selling $180 worth of cocaine to an undercover officer Feb. 13. He also revealed that Jones was his source, authorities said.

Surveillance officers nearby later spotted Jones leaving Reid’s house.

A second deal was arranged Feb. 14 with Reid giving the officer a plastic bag containing suspected crack cocaine in exchange for $250.

While making the buy in the house, documents said, the officer saw Jones seated at the kitchen table with bags of suspected drugs on it. He was allegedly using a scale to sort, weigh and package the suspected narcotics.

A third deal occurred Feb. 27 once again at Reid’s house where he and Jones allegedly sold one-quarter ounce of crack for $400.

The last of the arranged deals happened March 3 when the officer paid Jones another $400 for more crack, documents said.

A short time later, task force officers arrested Jones when he left the house.

Reid and Jones are both charged with multiple counts of drug trafficking as well as conspiracy and criminal use of a communication facility, all felonies.

Additionally, they are charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

Preliminary hearings for the defendants are set for March 31 at the office of District Judge Dave Kovach in Cranberry Township.