• Zelienople mother accused of selling heroin denies involvement


    ZELIENOPLE, Pa. - A Zelienople mother of three accused of selling potentially fatal heroin faced a judge Tuesday.

    April Opperman, 41, was arrested last week in connection with an investigation into heroin that’s being blamed for nearly two dozen deaths in the Pittsburgh area.

    A judge added additional charges against Opperman, including selling to a confidential informant. The judge also increased her bond to $110,000, officials said.

    According to police, Opperman’s 17-year-old daughter allegedly overdosed inside her home. Police said medics revived the teen and she is now cooperating with police.

    Channel 11’s Amy Marcinkiewicz was in court Tuesday and talked to Opperman as she was leaving the hearing.

    “Do you sell drugs? Do you sell heroin? Are you a good mother?” Marcinkiewicz asked.

    “Yes, I am (a good mother),” Opperman said. “Are you a good mother? Worry about yourself.”

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