Drug sting nets 200 pounds of marijuana, four suspects in Allenport
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-684-2635. Staff Writer Stacy Wolford contributed to this report.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Monongahela church closing appealed
- Reader requests more from ’44 on ‘This Day’ journey
- Monessen mayor eyes city hall return
- Boatman: Many women face unique problems
- Ringgold senior Umbel introduced to politics as Senate page
- Donora mayor retiring, not giving up
- Belle Vernon man facing child sex assault charges
- Monessen man accused of hiding stash of heroin
- Mon Valley Financial Seminar Series continues
- Fallowfield revisits local police coverage