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Father, son accused of selling cocaine through Greensburg lawn care business

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Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

A father and son were doing more than cutting grass through their Greensburg lawn care business, police said.

William Bronson, 52, of 156 Hawksworth Road, Greensburg, and his son, Marcus H. Williams, 28, of Rear 30 Jackson St., Greensburg, last year allegedly sold a confidential informant 11 ounces of cocaine with a street value as high as $20,000, authorities said.

Bronson and Williams were arraigned on Thursday on conspiracy and drug delivery and possession charges.

District Judge James Albert set bail for each at $75,000 straight.

The two men own Green Thumb Lawn Care at Rear 30 Jackson St. and used business vehicles to make deliveries, authorities said.

A confidential informant bought cocaine from the suspects in March in a Westmoreland Mall parking lot and twice near the lawn care business, according to members of the Westmoreland County Drug Task Force, who filed the charges.

The informant had purchased cocaine from the suspects previously, police said.

On March 8, the unidentified informant called Bronson and arranged to buy 1 ounce of cocaine for $1,000 in the parking lot near the food court at the mall, police said.

About 1 p.m., Bronson arrived in a gray GMC Yukon registered to the lawn care business, authorities said.

The informant got into the passenger side of the truck, which drove away and returned to the food court area about 30 seconds later to drop off the informant, police said. The informant showed authorities the white powder he bought.

“During their meeting, the CI (confidential informant) requested to purchase 5 ounces of cocaine in the near future,” according to the complaint. “Bronson informed the CI to contact him in a few days and he would have it.”

On March 13, the informant called Williams, who said he was on his way to the “shop” — the lawn care business — and the informant should meet him there, according to court papers.

The informant met Williams, who arrived in an orange truck, and paid him $4,500 for cocaine, according to court papers.

On May 9, the informant called Bronson to buy more cocaine, police said.

“Bronson agreed and instructed the CI to meet his son, Marcus Williams, on May 10,” investigators said.

The informant again met Williams in the lawn care business parking lot and turned over $4,500 for 5 ounces of cocaine, police said.

Investigators recorded phone calls made by the informant to the suspects, court papers indicate.

Bronson serves as president, vice president, secretary and treasurer of the company, which was started in 2005 and does excavating work, according to the state Corporation Bureau.

The business employs 10 or fewer workers and listed revenue of $540,000 in 2011, according to the FindTheCompany website.

A preliminary hearing for the two men has not been scheduled.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

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