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Cops: $32K, cocaine, marijuana seized from speeder in Keystone State Park

Paul Peirce
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A Latrobe man who attempted to flee after being stopped for speeding in Keystone State Park had nearly $32,000 cash, 7 ounces of cocaine and 4 ounces of marijuana in a backpack, according to court documents.

Latrobe Police Detective Michael Wigand, a member of Westmoreland County’s drug task force, was called by park police officers for assistance Monday after the 3 p.m. traffic stop on Keystone Park Road in Derry Township. They arrested Warren Weimer, 37, of Latrobe, on multiple charges, including delivery and manufacturing a controlled substance.

According to an online court release, Weimer was released from the Westmoreland County Prison on Tuesday after he posted $25,000 bail pending a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Mark Bilik.

State park officers called Wigand for backup Monday after they stopped Weimer for driving 70 mph in a 35 mph zone.

Wigand said park officer Chris Baker noticed a “a strong odor of marijuana” coming from inside Weimer’s white Honda Accent and when he asked about it, Baker reported that Weimer handed him a small bag from the center console containing a “small amount of marijuana.”

“Weimer stated there were no additional narcotics in the vehicle. Weimer then exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot,” Wigand said in court papers.

Weimer was subdued and taken into custody by Baker and other park officers. Police later found the backpack containing the currency and contraband on the floor behind the passenger seat and a .45 caliber handgun. The cocaine reportedly has a street value of approximately $7,000.

Police later acquired a search warrant and confiscated another $5,688 and 1.5 pounds of marijuana from inside his apartment on the 200 block of Walnut Street in Latrobe.

Wigand said in court documents that police believe the currency was generated through drug sales.

Weimer is charged with two counts each of manufacturing, delivery and possession of controlled substance and illegal possession of a controlled substance and one count of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Weimer could not be reached for comment. An attorney was not listed in court documents.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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