Man who used home to sell drugs facing trial

A Pittsburgh man accused of paying residents of an 18th Avenue home $30 a week to allow him to use the place to sell drugs will face trial.

Roman “Skeeter” McCray, 39, waived his preliminary hearing on felony and misdemeanor drug charges stemming from his Sept. 24 arrest on Wednesday at Central Court as the Blair County Drug Task Force filed fresh charges that accuse the Pittsburgh man of selling a brick of heroin to a police informant.

McCray was arrested Sept. 24 after a raid of 1011 18th Ave. allegedly turned up 161 packets of heroin, 2 ounces of crack cocaine, cash and other suspected drug paraphernalia, according to police.

Before the raid, police allege narcotics officers were able to buy 50 packets of heroin at the house and charged McCray as the supplier on Wednesday. McCray, who has been in Blair County Prison since his arrest after failing to post $75,000 cash bail, immediately waived a hearing on the latest charges as well as charges related to the drugs found in the house after the alleged buy.

Residents of the house told police McCray and another man, Sean “Shinie” Morris, 30, of Martinsburg, W.Va., were using the house to sell drugs, with McCray being there about two weeks before his arrest. Resident Heather D. Saylor, 30, allegedly told police the men paid $30 a week to sell drugs from the house. Saylor and fellow residents Elizabeth S. Hornberger, 31, and Joseph E. Despot, 28, were also charged with felony and drug delivery and possession charges. The three residents waived the respective preliminary hearings in October.

Morris has a preliminary hearing slated for Dec. 12 and also remains in jail in lieu of $75,000 cash bail.