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McKeesport traffic stop nets drug bust

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 3:56 a.m.
Police recovered two loaded handguns, 110 packets of heroin, a small bag of marijuana, $544 in cash and two cell phones during a traffic stop in McKeesport on Sunday night. A 17-year-old male from the city is being charged in connection with the incident.
Eric Slagle | Daily News
Police recovered two loaded handguns, 110 packets of heroin, a small bag of marijuana, $544 in cash and two cell phones during a traffic stop in McKeesport on Sunday night. A 17-year-old male from the city is being charged in connection with the incident.

Guns, drugs and cash were recovered during a traffic stop in McKeesport late Sunday.

Police arrested a 17-year-old male from McKeesport during the stop at Patterson Avenue and Myer Boulevard at approximately 9:54 p.m.

The juvenile was one of four people traveling in a red Nissan that attracted police attention because the driver was speeding and failing to signal turns.

When police pulled the car over, a male passenger in the back seat jumped out and fled. Police searched the area but were unable to find him.

When police frisked the 17-year-old, who was in the front passenger seat, they discovered a bundle of 110 stamped packets of heroin in his front pocket. The teen is alleged to have had $544 in cash and a cellphone, according to police reports.

A search of the vehicle recovered two loaded semi-automatic Ruger handguns. One of them, a .40 caliber pistol, had obliterated serial numbers. The other, a 9 mm, was reported stolen to West Mifflin police.

There was a small bag of marijuana and a cellphone recovered from the car.

The driver, Ryan John Marshall Jr., 18, of McKeesport was released at the scene but told he would be cited by mail for traffic violations.

A 14-year-old female who was a backseat passenger was turned over to her parents.

The 17-year-old was charged with two counts each of carrying a firearm without a license, possession of a firearm by a minor, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence and single counts of possession with intent to deliver, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, altered or obliterated identification marks, receiving stolen property, possession of instruments of crime and prohibited offensive weapons.

The case was turned over to Shuman Juvenile Detention Center.

McKeesport police Capt. Tim Hanna said the arrest was illustrative of the risks police confront every day.

“There is no such thing as a routine traffic stop,” Hanna said.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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