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Liberty raid nets drugs, guns, cash

| Thursday, June 27, 2013, 4:16 a.m.
Patrick Cloonan | Daily News
At the Liberty municipal building, borough police officers Ray Johnson and John Legin process evidence including marijuana and guns from a Wednesday night raid of a house along Washington Boulevard.

For the second time in a week, South Allegheny area police were involved in a nighttime drug raid.

Liberty police said the raid on Wednesday night by borough, McKeesport and other area police netted marijuana, cash and weapons.

Liberty police Officers Ray Johnson and John Legin said David Cote, 51, and his wife Angela, 47, will be summoned for a hearing on counts of possession of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver, manufacturing of drugs and conspiracy.

“There were 63 plants as well as 10 ounces packaged and ready to go,” Johnson said.

He and Legin said police also recovered 13 bags of processed marijuana, growing and packaging equipment, $2,349 in cash, nine rifles, a handgun and two knives.

The Liberty officers said those items were taken after a search warrant was served at the Cote house along the 2800 block of Washington Boulevard.

They said the 7:10 p.m. raid followed a phone tip received by McKeesport narcotics detective Sgt. Mark Steele.

Steele and McKeesport police Sgt. Connor Craig joined Johnson, Legin and police from Glassport, Lincoln and Port Vue at the Cote home.

Johnson said Angela Cote was home at the time of the raid and was detained for a time.

Johnson said David Cote was not at home, but at work as a subcontractor for the Postal Service.

Liberty police said the raid along Washington Boulevard was not related to one last week in neighboring Glassport.

Approximately 100 marijuana plants, bags of marijuana residue and growing equipment were taken from a duplex along Harrison Street on Friday night. No weapons turned up during that raid.

Landlord Beau Zimmerman, 73, later was arraigned on a variety of drug charges and released on $20,000 unsecured bond pending a hearing on July 9 at 1 p.m. before Magisterial District Judge Armand Martin in Glassport.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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