Every time a police officer conducts a motor vehicle stop they are trained to perform certain tasks in order to learn as much about the vehicle's occupants as possible. With the vast databases at Pennsylvania officer's fingertips, they can often bring up large amounts of information in a matter of seconds, which can result in them taking an individual into custody. When this happens, police will often search the vehicle, which in some cases can result in the individual arrested facing drug charges if the search reveals the presence of illegal narcotics. Police stopped a vehicle on an Interstate highway for an unknown reason and came in contact with a 36-year-old man. Police stated that initially the man gave them a false name. However, the man later is said to have admitted to his true identity, which revealed that that the man had out-of-state warrants issued for his arrest.
Once again we find the specter of a very close family relationship supported by an allegedly intensive pattern of serious criminal activities. That seems to be true in Pennsylvania for a 73-year-old man and his 20-year-old grandson who lived together in their Pittsburgh home, and may have also been sharing hard drugs together. Police raided their home recently after a three-month investigation. They arrested both men on drug charges.
In a press conference with all the bells and whistles, the Attorney General of Pennsylvania, Kathleen Kane, announced her quest for public funds for a mobile street crime unit to chase gangs from the state. The unit would have 20 employees go into a selected gang area and wipe out gang crime, while cutting off their drug supplies. This would mean a slew of drug charges in the selected Pennsylvania community.
After a popular high school wrestling coach in central Pennsylvania was arrested on suspicion of drug crimes recently, parents of some of the athletes on the coach's team rose to his defense. They said that the coach was framed by someone who planted drug paraphernalia at his home and sent an anonymous tip to the police.
A Pittsburgh-area woman's arrest on suspicion of drug crimes was triggered mostly by a smell in the foyer of the woman's apartment building. Though police say they seized more than five pounds of marijuana and a significant amount of hashish from the woman's apartment, officers' conduct may lead to a challenge of the evidence in court.
Federal prosecutors have accused a Pittsburgh physician who was the team doctor for the Steelers for 20 years with supplying bodybuilders and other athletes with performance-enhancing drugs and painkillers over the past seven years. Two other men were also charged in what the U.S. Attorney's Office is calling a drug conspiracy.
Three students at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania were arrested early in the morning of Sep. 23 after police raided their apartment and said they found marijuana. Few details are available, including the amount of marijuana officers allegedly found or what evidence they had against the students to justify their receiving a search warrant of their home. However, it appears likely authorities will attempt to paint the three, all of whom play on the IUP football team, as co-conspirators in a marijuana distribution scheme.
A search warrant executed by police on attendants of a Fayette County music festival in 2009 was too broad and violated the Fourth Amendment, a federal judge ruled on Aug. 31. Under the principle of the exclusionary rule, the decision will likely exclude evidence of drugs police allegedly found on the concert goers.
The popular TV reality show "Teen Mom" shows Pennsylvania viewers the real-life drama of teenage parents. One star of the show had been facing four criminal charges including assault, marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.
An Allegheny County man who was injured after being dragged by a car for several feet in July now faces drug paraphernalia possession charges in connection with the incidents. Police say that what they initially described as a road rage incident was actually a disputed drug deal.