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Two jailed in Monessen drug bust

| Saturday, May 17, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
Darrell A. Gordon
Jordan Johnson

Two men arrested in Monessen with a large supply of suspected heroin were arraigned Friday morning.

Darrell A. Gordon, 30, of 6098 Kennedy Ave., Export, and his passenger, Jordan Johnson, 22, of 110 Main St., Apt. 6, Belle Vernon, are facing drug charges after being arrested Thursday following a traffic stop.

Monessen police Officer David Yuhasz stopped a black Chevrolet Impala for a traffic violation 2:17 p.m. at the intersection of Schoonmaker Avenue at Riverview Drive.

While talking to the driver, Darrell A. Gordon, Yuhasz detected a strong odor of marijuana inside the car.

During a pat-down search, a bag of suspected marijuana was allegedly found in Gordon's front right pocket. Police said Gordon had $896 in his left pants pocket.

Monessen police Lt. James Smith and members of the state Attorney General's Drug Task Force joined the investigation and impounded Gordon's car.

After obtaining a search warrant from Magisterial District Judge Joseph Dalfonso in Monessen to search Gordon's car. Smith said they found a box under the driver's-side front seat containing 367 bags of suspected heroin, mostly marked “Diesel,” and four cell phones.

Smith said the substance likely was brought to the area to supply local street dealers.

Smith said seizure of the suspected drugs is part of an ongoing investigation by city police and the drug task force into heroin trafficking in the Mon Valley.

Both men are charged with felony counts of manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy. Gordon is also charged with possession of marijuana and a traffic violation.

Dalfonso arraigned them both via video Friday morning at the Westmoreland County Prison in Hempfield Township. The men were taken to the jail late Thursday.

Dalfonso set Gordon's bond at $250,000 straight cash. He set Johnson's bond at $50,000 straight cash.

Each faces a preliminary hearing 9:15 a.m. May 30 before Dalfonso.

Gordon has a history of drug violations. He was sentenced Aug. 27, 2012, in Westmoreland County Court to three to six years in jail after pleading guilty to three charges of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He was given credit for time served dating back to 2010, according to court records. Gordon was charged Dec. 21, 2010, and again on July 15, 2011, by state police from the Kiski Valley Barracks.

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

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