Hearing continued in Allenport's 200-pound pot case
A preliminary hearing for four people accused of transporting more than 200 pounds of marijuana to a garage in Allenport was continued Thursday as prosecutors await the lab report on the drugs.
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., each face 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 remain free after each posted $50,000 straight cash bond.
They were arrested May 16 after a search led by state police uncovered 200 pounds of marijuana and $27,000 cash in a garage off Main Street in Allenport.
The drugs are being tested at the state police lab in Greensburg, Washington County Assistant District Attorney John Friedman said Thursday, shortly after the hearing scheduled before Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins in Charleroi was continued until Oct. 24.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, authorities were contacted May 9 about a suspicious parcel — weighing 390 pounds — that had been shipped from Benicia, Calif. to the Yellow Roadway Corp. terminal facility at McKees Rocks. The person who shipped the parcel identified himself as Massery.
A search warrant was obtained for the parcel, which contained 170 pounds of marijuana.
State police removed all but 60 pounds of the marijuana and replaced its lost weight with sand before sealing it for a controlled delivery. An electronic beeper and GPS unit were placed in the parcel.
At 9:30 a.m. May 15, Massery arrived at the McKees Rocks site with a U-Haul, police said, and met Myers, Kash and Burgess at a Days Inn in Monroeville.
Massery drove the U-Haul and Burgess and Kash rode in a Ford Focus, traveling the Turnpike to Interstate 70 to Route 88, where they arrived in Allenport, according to police. The U-Haul was backed into a garage at 1909 state Route 88, and the electronic beeper was activated, indicating someone had opened the parcel.
Police moved in and arrested the suspects.
Police said additional search warrants executed in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties netted another 55 pounds of marijuana and approximately $130,000 in cash.
In total, police said they confiscated 255 pounds of the narcotic and approximately $200,000 cash in the sting.
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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