Uniontown fire ends with drug arrest

| Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

Police responding to a house fire on Saturday at 52 Stewart Ave. in Uniontown ended up arresting the occupant for alleged possession of marijuana and a stolen laptop.

Latisha Bryant, 26, was arraigned before Uniontown District Judge Michael Metros on charges of manufacture with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and receiving stolen property.

City police officers dispatched to the 4 p.m. kitchen fire noticed several clear plastic sandwich bags at the rear of the entrance. On the porch, officers saw a cardboard box containing numerous clear plastic bags with the corners removed. Inside the residence, green vegetable matter was visible in clear bags, according to police.

Police then obtained a search warrant from Masontown District Judge Randy Abraham.

Officers allegedly found more small bags of green vegetable matter in the basement.

A laptop found in a bedroom was determined to have been stolen through its serial number, police said.

Police said Bryant claimed to know nothing about the suspected marijuana, and said “some girl” at Pershing Court asked her to hold onto the laptop.

The vegetable matter in several of the bags tested positive for marijuana, police said.

Bryant was placed in the Fayette County jail in lieu of $15,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Nov. 20 before Metros.

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