A Monroeville Public Works employee was charged last week on drug-related offenses.
Christopher Masters, 44, of Monroeville was not home when Pennsylvania Attorney General investigators entered his residence with a search warrant. According to a criminal complaint filed against him, police found several types of drugs during the probe.
Police said they found steroids, marijuana, cocaine, heroin and materials officials believe to have been used to sell drugs – including a digital scale, baggies and several containers.
Masters has been charged with a felony count of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver. He also faces four misdemeanor counts of possession of steroids, cocaine, heroin and drug paraphernalia.
Police also found $2,148 in cash and three “urine bottles,” one of which contained a substance, according to the complaint.
Masters later admitted to selling cocaine, the complaint said.
Officials knocked on Masters’ door to his Evergreen Drive home on Sept 12. When no one came to the door, police “forced entry” and found a woman “located on the steps to the basement.”
The woman was detained and agreed to speak with police, according to the complaint.
The woman, who has not been charged in connection to the search of Masters’ home, told officials she has been living with the public works employee for about a year.
“(She) state(d) that Christopher Masters has been selling cocaine for several months,” the complaint said. The woman told police she knew he had been selling cocaine because of “the people coming into and out of the residence.”
Court records show Masters posted $5,000 bail on Sept. 13. He is scheduled to face Monroeville Magistrate Jeffrey Herbst Sept. 23.
Attempts to reach Masters were unsuccessful. Michael Finley, a public defender representing Masters, did not respond to a request for comment.
Monroeville manager Tim Little said Masters works on the public works road crew and has been placed on paid leave.
Little said municipal employees are subject to monthly, random drug screenings.
He declined to comment on Masters’ charges.
This is not the first time a public works employee has faced drug-related charges.
Theodore Pioth III, of Monroeville, pleaded guilty to being in possession of heroin in October 2018. Another drug related charge, possession of drug paraphernalia, was withdrawn.
Little said Pioth worked for the public works department, on the road and streets crew. He no longer works for the municipality.
Pioth was arrested June 2018 when he admitted heroin found in his wallet belonged to him. The wallet was found in the Monroeville Department of Public Works break room by other employees, according to the criminal complaint filed against him.
The heroin was found in six stamp bags marked with “MASTER Mind” in red ink. Police said they found an empty stamp bag and a straw.
When asked if there was a connection between Masters’ and Pioth’s charges, Little said he could not say.
“Of course that’s a concern, it’s an ongoing inquiry. It’s definitely something to look at,” he said.
Monroeville police Chief Doug Cole did not respond to multiple calls seeking comment.