Allenport bust leads to federal case
Four people accused of transporting 200 pounds of marijuana to an Allenport garage have been indicted on federal charges spurred by investigations into the incident.
As a result, 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of La Mesa, Calif., and Aimee Burgess, 34, of Shasta Lake City, Calif., had two felony and one misdemeanor drug charges withdrawn Thursday morning in front of Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins in Charleroi.
Kash, formerly of California, Pa., is a 1980 graduate of California Area High School.
Washington County First Assistant District Attorney Mike Lucas explained why the state charges were dismissed.
“In these instances, you defer prosecution to federal authorities.”
The state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation had charged the quartet with possession with intent to manufacture or deliver; conspiracy and possession of a controlled substance.
The suspects were arrested May 16 after a state police drug task force found 200 pounds of marijuana and $27,000 cash in a garage off Main Street in Allenport.
Police said the four had the drugs shipped from the state of California and transported them in a U-Haul from several sites in Allegheny County to the large garage in Allenport.
After the suspects made bond, federal authorities began working with Pennsyvlania officials and adopted the case from them in September, according to Lauren Horwood, public information officer with the U.S District Court in Sacramento.
Meyers had been arrested on Sept. 13 in Shasta Lake, Calif., when initial federal search warrants were executed by a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms task force.
Officers said they found six firearms located in the master bedroom and several rounds of ammunition in close proximity. Meyers had been convicted of a drug felony in 1992 and is not allowed to own firearms.
He was charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana, two counts of manufacture of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to launder money, structuring and two counts of felon in possession of a firearm.
Burgess was arrested on Oct. 3 – the day of the federal indictment – and Kash was arrested four days later, both in Sacramento.
Both were charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana, two counts of manufacture of marijuana, conspiracy to launder money and structuring.
Horwood said Burgess was released on $50,000 bond, while Meyers and Kash are still in custody.
There was no information about Massery's arrest or current status, although he was charged with a single count of conspiracy with intent to distribute marijuana.
Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com 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.
- Western Pa. commission pitches $4.7 billion wish list to state
- Fallowfield woman held for abusing her son