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Court Hearing Postponed In Moon Twp. Drug Bust Case

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - A mother accused of using her children to help her distribute drugs had her court appearance postponed Tuesday morning.

Pamela Smallis, 48, of Moon Township, and her 19-year-old son, Richard, were arrested after they were caught selling marijuana and prescription drugs in April.

According to police, they had been investigating Smallis for more than a year.

Smallis often had some of her juvenile children along with her during the drug sales, according to police, and twice used her children in drug sales. One of those sales included an undercover police informant, who purchased drugs from the child on Stocker Drive.

Today's court appearance was postponed while officials wait for lab results.

John Peter Banes, 45, of Ambridge, is charged as the source of the drug Oxymorphine to Pamela Smallis.

Richard Smallis is charged with criminal conspiracy as well as possession with intent to deliver, among other indictments.

Pamela Smallis faces numerous charges, including endangering welfare of children, corruption of minors and possession with intent to deliver.

The hearing has been postponed until July 24.


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