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2 charged with hundreds of drug counts in Monongahela arrests

| Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 1:26 a.m.
Stacy Wolford | The Valley Independent
Monongahela police officers Steve Kenyon (seated) and Larry Maraldo are shown with a cache of cash, drugs, paraphernalia and guns seized from an apartment at 205 W. Main St. on Monday, April 28, 2014.
Stacy Wolford | The Valley Independent
Monongahela police discovered a cache of cash, drugs, and paraphernalia when they were called to an apartment at 205 W. Main St. on Monday, April 28, 2014.
Cameron Grogan
Candice Jackson

Two Monessen residents were arrested Monday after they were found squatting in a Monongahela apartment with a cache of drugs, cash and guns.

Cameron M. Grogan, 20, of 31 Columbus Drive, and Candice M. Jackson, 24, of 616 Division St. are facing numerous charges by Monongahela police.

Officer Steve Kenyon said a woman who leases an apartment at 205 W. Main St. called police after she noticed the door was open and a light was on inside. The unidentifed woman told police she was going to clean the vacant apartment.

Kenyon, along Officer Larry Maraldo, went to the apartment moments later. They allegedly found Grogan and Jackson in the bedroom, along with $540, 29 bundles (288 stamp bags) of suspected heroin, a loaded Beretta .22-caliber handgun, a loaded Kel-Tec 9 mm handgun, synthetic marijuana, a small bag of marijuana, two bottles containing numerous prescription drugs, a scale, and two cell phones. K-9 Officer Benny, whose handler is Maraldo, assisted.

“He (Grogan) was on the bed and she (Jackson) was on the floor,” Kenyon said.

Carroll Township police were called to assist after Grogan allegedly resisted arrest. After a short struggle, he was taken into custody, police said.

Kenyon said Maraldo suffered minor injuries to his right hand and left knee during the struggle.

Police Chief Brian Tempest described the pair as “mid-level drug dealers,” and praised his officers.

“Our guys are being very alert. They aren't just writing a citation during a traffic stop. They are being vigilant,” Tempest said. “They are a really good, aggressive group of guys.”

They were both held in the city lock-up before being arraigned at midnight via video by Magisterial District Judge Gary Havelka of Burgettstown.

They are both charged with 288 felony counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a firearm by a convict, three counts of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal trespass and 288 misdemeanor counts possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of crininal mischief.

Grogan was also charged with resisting arrest.

Havelka sent them both to the Washington County Correctional Facility. He set Grogan's bail at $40,000 straight cash and Jackson's at $25,000 straight cash.

Grogan is awaiting trial in Westmoreland County Court for two cases stemming from alleged incidents in Monessen.

He was charged with manufacture, delivery, and possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance after he allegedly bought a brick of suspected heroin July 31 at Scenery and Pacific boulevards.

In the second case, he was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude officer, registration and certificate of title required, operating vehicle without financial responsibility, and operation of a vehicle without an official certificate of inspection after he was seen allegedly operating his all-terrain vehicle on a Monessen roadway at 3:34 p.m. July 29. When police attempted to apprehend Grogan, he allegedly fled into the woods.

Jackson was sentenced in Westmoreland County Court to 23 months parole after pleading guilty June 26 for identity theft, retail theft, false identification to law enforcement, and possession of drug paraphernalia for stealing $172.64 in merchandise from Walmart.

Prior to that, she was sentenced to a year probation April 17 in Westmoreland County Court after pleading guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia Jan. 4, 2013, in Monessen.

A warrant was issued Feb. 25 after adult probation was notified that she left a court-ordered treatment facility in Pittsburgh against medical advice Feb. 9. Her parole was revoked March 7, according to court records.

Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-684-2640 or at