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Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

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of La Mesa, Calif., and Aimee Burgess, 34, of Shasta Lake City, Calif., had two felony and one misdemeanor drug charges withdrawn Thursday morning in front of Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins in Charleroi.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 rbruni@tribweb.com or 724-684-2635.

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