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Drug sting nets 200 pounds of marijuana, four suspects in Allenport

| Friday, May 17, 2013, 2:36 a.m.

A massive narcotics investigation led state police to Allenport Thursday afternoon where they arrested four suspects from the state of California and seized approximately 200 pounds of marijuana and $27,000 cash.

Police executed a search warrant at a Main Street garage located off Route 88, shortly before noon.

Police swarmed the garage, saying they recovered a crate packed with nearly 170 pounds of marijuana, an additional 30 pounds of the drug, and the four suspects: Glen Meyers, 55, and John James Kash, 50, both of Redding, Calif.; James Massery, 52, of La Mesa, Calif.; and Aimee Burgess, 34, of Shasta Lake City, Calif.

All four were arraigned Thursday on one felony charge of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver; one felony conspiracy charge and one misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance.

They were remanded to Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 straight bond.

Police said early Friday morning in a news release that Massery arrived at an unnamed freight shipping company Wednesday in Allegheny County and transported the crate to Monroeville.

On Thursday, the four transported the crate via van to the Allenport location. Assisted by RESA police and members of the Washington County Drug Task Force, troopers were seen wearing bullet-proof vests at the scene, although none would comment.

Charleroi Regional police confirmed their K-9 unit was called in late Thursday afternoon to walk through a large garage at the business. Police did not say whether or not the business was involved in the incident.

Police said they executed additional search warrants in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties, which netted another 55 pounds of marijuana and approximately $130,000 in cash. The Westmoreland County location was listed as North Versailles.

In total, police said the confiscated 255 pounds of the narcotic and approximately $200,000 cash in the sting.

Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at rbruni@tribweb.com or 724-684-2635. Staff Writer Stacy Wolford contributed to this report.

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