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Vandergrift man accused of trading stepfather's guns for drugs

| Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A Vandergrift man faces multiple felony charges after allegedly trading his stepfather's guns for drugs in Pittsburgh.

Jared Johnson, 24, was charged on Saturday with two felony counts of stolen weapons, carrying a firearm without a permit and transferring a weapon without a permit. The charges were filed at District Judge James Andring's office and, as of Sunday evening, were not yet processed by the court, according to state police Trooper John Corna of the Kittanning barracks.

Johnson apparently stole his stepfather's .380-caliber handgun and 20-gauge shotgun in September from their shared Crawford Avenue home.

He couldn't provide police with exact dates when he confessed to the crime on Oct. 28, Corna said.

Drug-related charges have not been filed in the case. Corna was unaware of the quantity or type of drugs for which he traded the guns.

The guns' serial numbers have been registered as stolen, Corna said, though they'll unlikely be recovered.

“Unfortunately, it's nearly impossible to trace stolen guns in these types of situations,” he said.

Johnson's stepfather told police the guns were worth about $600.

The preliminary hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Corna said Johnson's potential sentencing will vary, based on his criminal record, and could carry up to 23 months in county jail.

Johnson was found guilty in 2009 of marijuana possession. A felony charge of possession with intent to distribute marijuana was withdrawn from Westmoreland County court.

He has also plead guilty to three traffic summaries from 2010 to 2011.

Braden Ashe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4673 or bashe@tribweb.com.

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