ShareThis Page

Vandergrift police arrest 2 suspects after finding 2 pounds of marijuana

Chuck Biedka
| Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, 7:57 p.m.
Vandergrift police allege two men were selling marijuana from a Lowell Street house. Police on Sunday confiscated two pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a shotgun.
Courtesy of Vandergrift Police
Vandergrift police allege two men were selling marijuana from a Lowell Street house. Police on Sunday confiscated two pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a shotgun.
Vandergrift police allege two men were selling marijuana from a Lowell Street house. Police on Sunday confiscated two pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a shotgun.
Courtesy of Vandergrift Police
Vandergrift police allege two men were selling marijuana from a Lowell Street house. Police on Sunday confiscated two pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a shotgun.

A Vandergrift patrolman at first used his nose to find drugs in a Lowell Street house early Sunday.

The officer was investigating a call about possible drugs first smelled smoke, and then marijuana, along the 200 block of Lowell Street, police said.

Sgt. Tony DePanicis said the patrolman, Jared Kepple, smelled marijuana smoke at about 1 a.m. Sunday when driving to the house.

As Kepple and his partner, Joseph Albaugh, walked up on the porch from where the smoke was emanating through an open window, police say they could see into the house. People inside apparently were hiding what appeared to be drugs, DePanicis said.

“One of the officers detained the three people inside and the other officer went for a search warrant,” DiPanicis said.

Once a district judge issued the warrant, the officers searched the house.

DiPanicis said the officers found two pounds of marijuana, a 12-gauge shotgun and drug paraphernalia.

Ronald A. McManus III, 22, who was living at the address, and Drew A. Lamison, 29, of Chamberlain Street, Leechburg, are accused of having marijuana with intent of selling it. They are also charged with having drug paraphernalia and illegal drug possession.

A third person was detained temporarily but not charged.

McManus and Lamison were arraigned and their bonds were set at $5,000 each.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for McManus and Lamison by District Judge Cheryl Peck Yakopec on Oct. 3.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4711, cbiedka@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ChuckBiedka.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.