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3 arrested in Jeannette warrants sweep

| Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, 1:06 p.m.

Three men are in custody as a result of separate drug-warrant raids on Thursday in Jeannette in which 18 individually wrapped packets of crack cocaine, 12 grams of marijuana, an AK-47 rifle and a four-shot, .22-caliber handgun were confiscated.

Police Chief Shannon Binda said police from Jeannette and North Huntingdon, along with drug task force officers from the Attorney General's Office and Westmoreland County, participated in warrant sweeps on Division Street and South Fifth Street between 6:15 and 9 p.m. Three search warrants were served, the chief said.

Maurice J. “Mano” Johnson, 25, of Pittsburgh is charged with possession of a controlled substance and firearm violations. He was apprehended along the 600 block of Division Street.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Jeannette Patrolman James Phillips, police found marijuana and 18 plastic bags containing about 66 grams of crack cocaine in Johnson's pockets, along with $551.

In addition, Johnson was charged with receiving stolen property, illegal possession of a firearm by a felon, and carrying a firearm without a license. In April, he was linked to possession of a .380 handgun stolen in 2012 from a vehicle parked in a Magee Avenue lot.

Johnson was arraigned on Friday before District Judge Joseph DeMarchis and jailed after failing to post $50,000 bail.

Police arrested Anthony M. Inks, 26, of Jeannette while executing a search warrant at a Division Street home. Police said Inks, who did not have a license, possessed a loaded, four-shot Derringer pistol. He was jailed after failing to post $5,000 bail.

The AK-47 and drug paraphernalia reportedly were confiscated from a South Fifth Street residence.

No complaints have been filed in connection with the assault rifle. Binda said the investigation is continuing.

Chastin A. Crosby, 26, of Jeannette was jailed for allegedly violating parole terms in connection with a 2010 drug conviction, according to online court records.

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