Monessen, Rostraver searches yield arrests
Monessen police executed two search warrants Tuesday morning, netting four arrests, three handguns, and suspected crack cocaine and marijuana.
Agents from the state Attorney General's Drug Task Force, along with the Monessen, Rostraver and Charleroi Regional police departments, raided a house about 7 a.m. at 314 Rebecca Street in Monessen.
It was occupied by Charles E. Dickerson, 45.
Monessen police Lt. Jim Smith said officers confiscated a Charter Arms .32-caliber Magnum revolver in the living room and two plastic bags of suspected crack cocaine in a pair of Dickerson's pants. A bag of suspected marijuana was found in a bedroom drawer. Police seized an unspecified amount of cash.
Dickerson had been wanted on Westmoreland County bench warrants, Smith said.
During the search, police arrested Grant Summers, 47, of Rebecca Street on Westmoreland County arrest warrants. Smith said police recognized Summers, who was approaching Dickerson's residence to see what was happening.
Meanwhile, officers executed a search warrant at 377 Pear St., Rostraver Township. Police claim Dickerson keeps drugs and guns in a safe there, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
Police said Dickerson had in his possession a key to a safe at the Pear Street residence. The safe allegedly contained two weapons, a Ruger 9 mm handgun with the serial number removed and a Raven .25-caliber handgun, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
The Raven had been reported stolen in Washington County, police said.
A search of the residence turned up digital scales, syringes, 42 empty stamp bags commonly used to package heroin, and marijuana.
Dickerson allegedly told police the 9 mm Ruger belonged to him.
Police said they found Travis Lee Holmes, 29, of Philadelphia, and Amanda Trail, 21, of 638 Scenery Drive, Elizabeth, sleeping in the residence.
According to police, Trail said she and Holmes had been staying there since Nov. 15.
Dickerson was charged with two counts each of possession of a controlled substance and illegal firearm possession and single counts of possession with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, possessing a firearm with manufacturer number altered and receiving stolen property.
He was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Joseph Dalfonso and placed in the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $50,000 cash bond.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled Dec. 20 before Dalfonso.
Holmes was charged with possession of a firearm with manufacturer number altered, possession of a firearm prohibited, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was placed in the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $25,000 cash bond.
Trail was charged with possession of a firearm with manufacturer number altered, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was sent to Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $15,000 bond.
Agents from the state Attorney General's office said the investigation is ongoing.
Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-684-2635.
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