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Cops: Drugs found in Monessen house

| Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, 12:21 a.m.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent
Monessen Police officers Jason Karas and Aaron Thompson take Aaron Anderson from his residence at 412 Pearl Ave., Monessen, on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. Police and members of the Westmoreland County Drug Task Force served an arrest warrant on Anderson for drug charges.

A Monessen man was arrested Thursday evening at his 412 Pearl St. home, where police seized a large amount of suspected marijuana and nearly two dozen narcotic pills.

Police subsequently arrested a Penn Hills man who allegedly supplied the drugs.

Several neighbors applauded as Monessen police officers escorted Aaron Anderson, 30, from his home, where officers executed a search warrant around 5:30 p.m.

Police allegedly found nearly 1½ pounds of marijuana, including a one-pound brick, along with 20 oxycodone pills, scales and other drug paraphernalia.

Most of the marijuana was high-potency grade, Monessen police Chief John Mandarino said.

Police said the pills sell for about $30 apiece on the street. They estimated the value of the marijuana at approximately $2,000.

Shortly after serving the warrant, police arrested Kevon Green, 41, of Penn Hills following a traffic stop along Tyrol Boulevard.

Officers said they received information that Green is a supplier for Anderson.

Although they found no drugs in Green's possession, Monessen police impounded Green's SUV and obtained a warrant to search the vehicle. They allegedly found a small amount of marijuana and $5,000 in the SUV.

Both men were taken to Westmoreland County Prison in Hempfield Township and are scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning by Magisterial District Judge Joseph Dalfonso of Monessen, police said.

The arrests resulted from an ongoing investigation involving Monessen police, the state Attorney General's office and North Versailles police.

Mandarino said his department has received numerous reports of suspected drug sales at Anderson's residence in the past month.

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

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