Vandergrift man charged with selling fake LSD
By Chuck Biedka
Published: Friday, Feb. 17, 2012
A Vandergrift man is accused of selling an LSD look-alike that he insisted was the dangerous illegal drug, police said.
Jason P. Cole, 31, of the 300 block of Elm Street, was arrested about 7 p.m. on Wednesday at his residence, Allegheny Township police Chief John Fontaine said.
LSD is the street name for the hallucinogenic drug d-lysergic acid diethylamide.
Fontaine said LSD is infrequently reported by police in the Alle-Kiski Valley.
"Heroin is the drug of choice in the township. We got information that he was a dealer, so we investigated," he said.
Police allege that Cole sold the fake LSD twice to undercover officers or informants.
"He sold them $120 worth on July 21 (2011) and $120 on July 26 (2011)," Fontaine said.
"We submitted it to the state police crime lab and it came back as a non-contraband look-alike. Selling a fake drug as a drug is still a felony," Fontaine said.
Cole was ordered to be held in the county jail in lieu of $15,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for next week.
Chuck Biedka can be reached at email@example.com.
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