ShareThis Page
Allegheny

Police: Marijuana operation found after 3-hour SWAT standoff in Carrick

Jacob Tierney
| Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, 7:21 a.m.

SWAT team officers responded to a call from a woman who said her boyfriend was threatening her with a gun in Pittsburgh's Carrick neighborhood Monday afternoon, but by the end of a three-hour standoff , both the boyfriend and the caller were in custody on drug charges.

Anthony Michael Dirda Jr., 40, and Marie Anderson, 32, are charged with conspiracy to manufacture or deliver or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and numerous other charges related to what court paperwork describes as a large marijuana-growing operation on the second floor of the couple's Alpaus Street home.

Police found 30 mason jars filled with marijuana in the basement and marijuana plants upstairs, court records say.

Officers arrived at the scene shortly after 3:30 p.m. Monday, when Pittsburgh 911 got a call from a neighbor who said Anderson and Dirda had been fighting.

The fight turned physical, and Dirda was “looking for his pistol,” the caller told police.

Police, believing Dirda could be armed and holding Anderson against her will, called the SWAT team, according to court records.

Shortly before 6 p.m., Anderson answered officers' phone call and came outside. She told police that her neighbor was lying, and that Dirda was not home.

Police didn't believe her and surrounded the house. About half an hour later, Dirda came out with his hands raised, according to court records.

Police arrested Dirda and entered the home, where they reportedly found the marijuana. Detectives performed a more thorough search of the building Monday night after receiving a warrant and seized the drugs as evidence.

Anderson and Dirda are scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing before Judge Jeffrey A. Manning on Feb. 21.

Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-6646, jtierney@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Soolseem.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me