Megan's Law offender headed to Armstrong court
FORD CITY — A Megan's Law offender in Allegheny County, who allegedly fled from police last week during a traffic stop, is headed to Armstrong County Court on drug-related charges.
Law Bey, 31, who has no known address according to court papers, appeared before District Judge J. Gary DeComo on Thursday for a preliminary hearing on felony charges of possession with intent to deliver and flight to avoid apprehension in addition to misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, giving false identification to law enforcement and disorderly conduct.
State Trooper Kurtis Glasgow said the charges stem from an incident on Oct. 8.
Glasgow testified at the hearing that he pulled over a vehicle with an expired registration sticker at what is known locally as the Riverside intersection of Route 66 at about 12:43 a.m. He said that Bey was a passenger in the vehicle and when asked for identification, said his name was Sheik Mohammad and that he was born in June 1983.
When no record was found for the name given, Glasgow frisked Bey, discovered two cellphones and told him he was being placed under investigative custody, according to the testimony.
At that point, Glasgow said, Bey jumped over a concrete barrier and fled on foot into nearby Ford City. While police searched for Bey, his state-issued identification was found in the vehicle, and it was discovered that he was wanted in Allegheny County for failing to register as a sex offender.
Bey was found hiding among bushes along Fifth Avenue, Glasgow said. A bag containing a small amount of marijuana was found concealed in Bey's underwear, and within five minutes of his apprehension, about 70 bags of heroin were found in the place where he had been hiding, the trooper said.
According to the police report, the defendant was in possession of about $300 in cash.
Public defender Charles Pascal argued that even though the herion — which he said amounted to a two-day supply for an addict — was found at the location where Bey had been hiding, there was no evidence that he had intended to deliver the drugs.
Pascal said Bey was not obligated as a passenger to provide police with an identification unless he was under investigation.
Glasgow responded that in his experience, the various factors indicated a likely drug delivery offense. He noted that Bey had a large amount of money and multiple cellphones that night, and drugs were found on his person and in the place where he was hiding.
Glasgow said the defendant violated Megan's Law by providing false identification and fleeing from police.
DeComo held all charges over for court. Bey remains in the Armstrong County Jail on $100,000 bail.
Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303.