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Drug charges dismissed against teen reality TV 'Teen Mom'

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.

Man charged with drug possession after being dragged by car

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.

Pennsylvania police raid stores in synthetic marijuana campaign

The Pennsylvania State Police conducted an aggressive operation against nearly a dozen small stores in the Pittsburgh area on July 25 in a search for synthetic marijuana. Authorities claim that the raided businesses were selling the synthetic drugs, which the state Legislature made a controlled substance in August 2011. They refused to disclose the location of the suspected stores or who has been arrested and charged as a result of the raids, but officers with the State Police were observed carrying out numerous items from the stores and expected to fill up a moving truck by the end of the raids.

Wrongful drug arrest lawsuit filed against Pittsburgh-area police

An Allegheny County police dispatcher who was wrongfully arrested for having a similar name to a suspect in a drug dealing investigation has filed a lawsuit against two local police department. The suit accuses Moon Township and Coraopolis police of ignoring the plaintiff's explanation that he was the victim of mistaken identity and damaging his professional reputation in the process.

Lottery suspending sales at stores with synthetic drug arrests

The state of Pennsylvania made the sale of synthetic marijuana illegal starting last August. Another state institution is also punishing local businesses suspected of selling the product: the Pennsylvania Lottery has made a policy of suspended sales of its tickets at stores where a drug arrest has taken place, but before any convictions. A spokeswoman for the lottery says it has revoked "several dozen" licenses to sell tickets just this year based on this policy.

Arrested Pittsburgh-area man labeled 'leader' of meth ring

Based on the words of an unnamed informant and a man charged with manufacturing and distributing methamphetamines, authorities are calling a Lawrence County man the ringleader of a Pittsburgh-area drug dealing operation. Federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested the man after a series of raids of New Castle homes where, they said, they found evidence that the man had been making and storing meth since January.

Pittsburgh-area doctor blamed for patient's drug overdose

A physician who practiced in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area recently pleaded guilty to federal charges that he prescribed pain medication to patients who did not need them. The mother of one of his patients is accusing the doctor of causing the patient's death, though he was not charged in connection to that.

Pittsburgh man faces additional drug charges while on house arrest

A man living near Pittsburgh is in trouble with the law once again after a large amount of drugs were allegedly found in his home. He now faces drug charges including possession of a controlled substance and intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Second falsely arrested man suing city of Pittsburgh

The arrests of two Pittsburgh-area men in 2010 that were later overturned by video evidence have resulted in a second lawsuit. As in the previous suit, the plaintiff is accusing two Pittsburgh police officers of arresting him on drug charges without probable cause and lying on the arrest affidavit.

Police lock out suburban Pittsburgh family after finding chemicals

A family in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh has been barred by authorities from entering their home after police said they found "a large amount of marijuana" and chemicals they originally believed may have been used to make bombs. Except for a brief, police-escorted visit to pick up some personal items, the family has not been inside their home since officers broke up a party there on April 28. No criminal charges have been filed against any of the residents of the home, who include a woman and three of her children.

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