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Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, 12:36 a.m.

Monessen police arrested a city man – already on federal probation – for allegedly selling drugs out of his residence.

Jerome Pryor, 27, of 1218 Summit Ave., was charged with four felony counts of manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver and two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Charges were filed by Monessen police Lt. Jim Smith.

Pryor was arraigned Thursday in front of Magisterial District Judge Joseph Dalfonso and sent to the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $250,000 straight cash bond.

His arrest was a result of a joint investigation between Monessen police and the state attorney general's office.

The investigation began after police received numerous complaints about suspected drug activity at Pryor's residence.

Officers made a third controlled buy of heroin from Pryor at his residence 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to Monessen police Chief John Mandarino.

Pryor allegedly sold 24 stamp bags to the undercover agent before police executed an arrest warrant at his residence. The warrant was for drug charges from a seperate case, Mandarino said.

When police went inside his residence, Pryor walked upstairs and allegedly attempted to hide 25 additional stamp bags in the toilet tank.

Mandarino said Pryor was already on house arrest and wearing an electric ankle monitor on federal charges for running a credit card scam.

The Westmoreland County District Attorney's office placed a 72-hour detainer on Pryor, making him ineligible for bail during that time.

Pryor's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 13 in front of Dalfonso.

Rick Bruni is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2635 or

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