ShareThis Page

Arnold parolee arrested on drug charges

| Friday, April 5, 2013, 12:26 a.m.
Eric Felack | Valley News Dispatch
Arnold Police Officer Mike Krahe stands watch outside 1610 Fourth Ave. in Arnold as agents work inside the white house across the street on Thursday, April 4, 2013.
Eric Felack | Valley News Dispatch
Arnold Police Officer John Careilli leads suspect Michael Scott out of 1610 Fourth Ave. in Arnold after agents raided the house on Thursday, April 4, 2013.

An Arnold man on parole is facing drug and gun charges.

Michael T. “Magic” Scott, 37, of 1610 Fourth Ave., formerly of Cleveland, was arrested by state Attorney General narcotics agents early Thursday at his residence.

Inside the house, agents, state police and Arnold police found about 100 packets of heroin, about a quarter-ounce of cocaine, a digital scale, drug packaging materials and two pistols.

Agents charged Scott with having two pistols even though he is a convicted felon, as well as having drugs and drug paraphernalia, and selling drugs. Police are checking to see if the .40-caliber Glock and 9 mm High-Point pistols were stolen.

Agents were examining bank records and looking for drug-trafficking money.

The arrest is part of a continuing investigation into drug trafficking in the Alle-Kiski Valley. The Attorney General's Office declined comment about the ongoing probe.

Later Thursday, New Kensington District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr. arraigned Scott and ordered him held in the Westmoreland County jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bond pending a preliminary hearing.

But parole officials filed a detainer with Pallone to keep Scott in jail even if he posts bond.

Scott told the district judge that he is on parole until next year after serving a three-year state prison sentence for drug sales. He said that he had been arrested before that for drug sales, too.

State records show Scott entered the state prison system on Dec. 31, 2008 to serve a sentence of seven months to six years in prison for drug sales. He was transferred from prison to the Alle-Kiski Pavilion halfway house in Arnold in March 2011 and was paroled that July 29.

He was scheduled to complete his parole in March 2014, a state corrections spokeswoman said.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using 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.