New Kensington cops seize drugs, guns
Drugs and firearms seized from a New Kensington home are displayed at the New Kensington Police Department on Friday, September 6, 2013.
Photo by Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch
New Kensington police seized more than $26,500 in heroin, $1,200 of crack cocaine and firearms from a New Kensington home on Friday afternoon.
City police were working with the Westmoreland County Sheriff's and Adult Probation offices and the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole.
The agencies were checking on parolees, according to New Kensington police Chief Tom Klawinski.
Police stopped at 406 Fourth Ave. to serve an outstanding arrest warrant for Matthew McCloud, who allegedly lived there. When police arrived, several people in the house jumped out the windows to flee from police, Klawinski said.
Police entered the house and reportedly saw two firearms and drugs in the living room. They obtained a search warrant from New Kensington District Judge Frank Pallone about 1 p.m., returned to the house and recovered two .40- caliber Glock pistols, a .22- caliber revolver and an AK-47 semi-automatic rifle.
Drugs found included 53 bricks of heroin with a street value of about $26,500, 15 grams of crack cocaine valued at about $1,200 and loose heroin. They also recovered $5,100 in cash, according to Klawinski.
“The cooperation between all three agencies resulted in a big drug bust for us,” he said.
McCloud had not been found as of Friday evening, and charges are pending for others who frequented 406 Fourth Ave., Klawinski said. He did not say how many people were suspected of being in the house.
Mary Ann Thomas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4691 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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