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Pounds of pot delivered to teens near Greensburg City Hall, police say

| Saturday, March 22, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

When authorities set up surveillance of an apartment building on Main Street in Greensburg, they didn't have to go far.

From the lobby of Greensburg City Hall, authorities watched a drug transaction and charged two teens with having more than 4 pounds of marijuana worth about $24,000 on the street, according to court papers.

Arrest warrants have been issued for Zachary Steven Medellin, 18, of Easton, Northampton County, and Chris Miningham-Monsour, 18, of Unity, both former students at Triangle Technical School in Greensburg.

City police, state police and Westmoreland County detectives set up a sting and watched from the front lobby of city hall on Nov. 26 as Medellin allegedly picked up the two parcels from the porch of a South Main Street apartment building that apparently was used as a drop-off point.

The day before, two residents of the building received the packages via the U.S. Postal Service, opened one and discovered marijuana, authorities said. They went to the police station.

Meanwhile, Medellin went to the apartment building and asked one of the two residents whether he had received the packages, which the resident denied at first, police said.

On Nov. 26, police and one of the residents arranged to deliver the packages to Medellin, saying the parcels had been delivered.

The packages were put on the porch so Medellin could pick them up after the school day ended at 2:30 p.m., authorities said.

Police watched the parcels and used video surveillance to record Medellin picking up the packages at 2:37 p.m., according to an affidavit written by Greensburg Detective Jerry Vernail.

Officers then found a vehicle nearby in which Miningham-Monsour was a passenger, along with two other Triangle Tech students who have not been charged.

Miningham-Monsour told police Medellin “moves a bunch of weed” and that he believed a family member from California was involved, Vernail said.

Miningham-Monsour said he helped Medellin sell marijuana, police said.

The sender's address on the packages was in Rohnert Park, Calif., and turned out to be bogus, police said. The packages were addressed to residents of the South Main Street apartment building.

Medellin, who once lived with Miningham-Monsour in Southwest Greensburg, claimed Miningham-Monsour received the marijuana by mail from California, police said.

Police determined 4.17 pounds of marijuana was in the packages.

Medellin and Miningham-Monsour each face delivery, possession and conspiracy charges in Greensburg District Judge James Albert's office.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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