Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.
By Margaret Harding
Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, 12:14 p.m.
Officers responding to a domestic dispute discovered a marijuana-growing and distribution operation in Manchester, Pittsburgh police said.
Police charged Gerald Allen Sloan, 30, of Manchester with conspiracy, drug possession, simple assault and other crimes.
A witness called police about 6:20 p.m. Sunday after seeing Sloan argue with a woman, 24, and push her down the stairs of a home in the 1100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, police said.
Sloan then attacked the witness, who defended himself and left to call police.
When officers arrived, the woman, who was bleeding from the mouth, said she fell down the stairs, and Sloan said he didn't do anything to her, police said.
Sloan told the officers no one else was in the home, but police went in to look and saw marijuana and drug paraphernalia in an upstairs bedroom, police said.
The officers got a search warrant and found about 20 pounds of marijuana, $3,698 in cash, equipment for growing marijuana and other drug paraphernalia, police said. Sloan had $1,226 in his pockets, police said.
The woman was taken to Allegheny General Hospital for treatment and also will face charges, police said.
Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8519 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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