New Florence man faces drug, weapons charges
A New Florence man was arraigned Thursday on drug and weapons charges after police said they discovered a loaded weapon and evidence of suspected methamphetamine manufacturing in his vehicle during a routine traffic stop.
Christopher Charles Adams, 28, was jailed in lieu of posting $75,000 bond after his arraignment on charges of manufacturing drugs, possessing drug paraphernalia, having a prohibited offensive weapon and carrying a firearm without a license.
St. Clair Township police stopped Adams' vehicle about 10:30 a.m. Thursday on Route 56, two miles east of Route 711, for speeding, state police at Greensburg said. As officers approached Adams' vehicle, they spotted a shotgun, which turned out to be loaded, near him, authorities said.
Police saw meth-manufacturing items on the back seat. The state police Clandestine Lab Team was called and during a further search recovered numerous items used to make the drug, troopers said.
A handgun, numerous boxes of ammunition and drug paraphernalia also were found by authorities.
Adams faces a preliminary hearing Friday before Ligonier District Judge Denise S. Thiel.