Police: Foot chase to Jeannette home leads to drug bust | TribLIVE.com

Police: Foot chase to Jeannette home leads to drug bust

Renatta Signorini

A Jeannette man allegedly led agents from the state attorney general’s office on a foot chase to his home Tuesday where they found drugs and cash, according to court papers.

Damone Akeir Morton, 24, was being held in the Westmoreland County Prison on $20,000 bail on charges of aggravated assault, drug possession, resisting arrest and related offenses.

Agents were investigating on 15th Street when they were approached by Morton, who was riding a motorized scooter. Morton asked the agents if they were looking for him, and they said they weren’t, according to court papers.

Morton allegedly pushed one of the agents in the chest and took off on foot, fleeing into a home on South 12th Street, police said. Agents got inside and found heroin, Xanax bars, prescription medication, $3,000 and items used for packaging drugs, according to court papers.

Also arrested was Gessica A. Merlin, 22, of Jeannette. Merlin is charged with drug possession. She is free on $20,000 unsecured bond. A phone number for her could not be located.

Neither suspect had an attorney listed in online court records. Preliminary hearings are set for Sept. 26.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Renatta at 724-837-5374, [email protected] or via Twitter .

Categories: Local | Westmoreland
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.