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Police snag 36 pounds of marijuana, arrest one man

A rapidly developing sting Thursday led to the arrest of a man and police confiscating about 36 pounds of marijuana -- worth thousands of dollars -- that were to be shipped to Arnold and New Kensington.

Timothy Lucas, 50, of the 500 block of Constitution Boulevard, New Kensington, faces drug possession and delivery charges. He was in the Westmoreland County Jail this morning in lieu of $50,000 bond.

Lucas allegedly arranged for a Plum parcel delivery company to send him half of the marijuana to his girlfriend's house in the 1600 block of Kenneth Avenue in Arnold and the other half to a home in the 500 block of New Kensington.

A Plum police dog, however, found the drugs at the parcel company. The Allegheny County narcotics task force investigated and repacked the boxes and shipped them.

At about 1:30 p.m., Lucas was arrested without incident when he went to his girlfriend's house at Kenneth to claim the box.

Police said the marijuana has a value of about $50,000.

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