Drug search yields two arrests in Monessen
Suspected heroin and cocaine were seized Wednesday at a Monessen residence where two men were arrested and three young children were staying.
Arthur Otto Simpson, 46, and Torrance “Torey” Taylor, 23, were arrested after Monessen police and agents from the state Attorney General's Office executed a search warrant 10 a.m. at 631 Summit Ave.
Police said they confiscated 250 stamp bags of heroin, two ounces of cocaine and approximately $2,000. A handgun registered to Taylor was found near the heroin, police said.
Police said some of the drugs were underneath beds and were “easily accessible” to the children in the house. The children, age 4 and younger, were released to relatives Wednesday afternoon, Monessen police Chief John Mandarino said.
Taylor was sleeping in an upstairs room and Simpson was seated in a downstairs recliner when police arrived.
The warrant resulted from a cooperative investigation involving the state and Monessen, Ligonier, Johnstown and North Versailles police.
Officers from those departments assisted in Wednesday's search.
Simpson and Taylor each face two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver, two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance, three misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of children and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Monessen police Lt. James Smith filed the charges.
Taylor and Simpson were arraigned at 3 p.m. by Magisterial District Judge Joseph Dalfonso in Monessen. Both were placed in the Westmoreland County Prison – Taylor in lieu of $25,000 cash bond and Simpson in lieu of $50,000 cash bond.
Simpson is awaiting trial Sept. 18 in the Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas on drug and gun charges stemming from an April arrest by state police.
Mandarino said Simpson will be placed on detainer by the district attorney's office for violating the previous bond terms. Subsequent bail will be denied, he predicted.
Police said the arrests are part of an ongoing drug investigation.
“We'd like to thank the Attorney General's office and other agencies for helping with what has become a very serious problem in our town,” Mandarino said. “We look forward to their continued cooperation.”
Rick Bruni is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-684-2635.
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
- Mon Valley Financial Seminar Series continues
- Boatman: Many women face unique problems
- Belle Vernon man facing child sex assault charges
- Fallowfield revisits local police coverage
- Ringgold senior Umbel introduced to politics as Senate page
- Monessen man accused of hiding stash of heroin
- Van Voorhis man charged for Monessen cell incident
- Cal U offers only undergrad degree in gerontology in Pa. system
- Reader requests more from ’44 on ‘This Day’ journey
- West Overton museum plans 3rd trip of year to Gettysburg