Monessen man jailed on drug charges following traffic stop
A Monessen man is in jail after police allegedly found him in possession of nearly 7 grams of heroin during a Monday evening traffic stop.
Aaron E. Jackson, 21, with a last-known address of 616 Division St., was charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance and conspiracy and one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance.
Monessen police Lt. Jim Smith said he conducted a traffic stop 6:08 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Sixth Street and Motheral Avenue because the vehicle had an expired registration sticker. Jackson was a passenger in the front seat.
While patting down Jackson for safety precautions, police said they found a wad of money totaling $515 and an empty stamp bag of suspected heroin marked “Menace 2 Society”.
Police said the driver, Amanda Holma, 21, of Stockdale, gave consent for a vehicle search and Smith subsequently found a backpack on the floor where Jackson was allegedly seated.
Inside the backpack, Smith said he found a yellow shopping bag containing 190 stamp bags of suspected heroin marked “Menace 2 Society” and a clear plastic baggie with unpackaged suspected heroin, weighing approximately 3 grams.
One gram of unpackaged heroin equals 50 stamp bags, or five bundles, Smith said.
Jackson was arraigned Tuesday morning in front of Magisterial District Judge Joseph Dalfonso in Monessen and sent to the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $150,000 cash bond.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Oct. 25 in front of Dalfonso.
Police said the investigation is continuing.
Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2635 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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