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Arnold parolee arrested on drug charges

Friday, April 5, 2013, 12:26 a.m.

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



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