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Ligonier Township police say domestic call ended in drug bust

Paul Peirce
| Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, 2:03 p.m.

Ligonier Township police say a domestic call near Rector on Saturday and a woman acting “erratically” led them to request a search warrant and return to the home with the department’s K9 officer, Kilo.

Police reported in court documents Wednesday that during that search officers confiscated 9 grams of suspected cocaine, two digital scales, razor blades, a glass mirror with suspected cocaine residue on it, multiple marijuana and cocaine smoking pipes, several vials containing suspected cocaine residue and $7,326 in a money bag stored inside a safe in the master bedroom of the house on the 2500 block of Route 381.

The home’s owner, Leon F. Crocco, 69, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was ordered held in the Westmoreland County Prison by Ligonier District Judge Denise Thiel after failing to post $25,000 bond.

Officer Jonathan Murphy said police were summoned to the residence at 6:30 p.m. Saturday for a reported domestic dispute involving Crocco. Murphy reported a female met them at the end of the driveway and was acting “erratically” while Crocco told officers he had just arrived from Johnstown and all the doors were locked.

The woman and Crocco both said an argument ensued after the doors were unlocked, according to Murphy. An ambulance was called and the woman was taken to Somerset Hospital for observation.

Police said Crocco gave officers permission to look inside the home after the woman said she had used cocaine and had taken an anxiety medication. Murphy said police confiscated a silver spoon with suspected cocaine residue and a clear vial believed to contain cocaine. Police left, removing those items.

They returned later with a warrant and the K-9 officer and conducted another search.

Crocco’s preliminary hearing is scheduled Sept. 19 before Thiel.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, ppeirce@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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