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March 20, 2009

Man faces drug charges

Police intercept pound of pot

SHARON — A Sharon man faces drug charges after police intercepted one pound of marijuana sent to his West Hill home last week.

Albert Charles Donaldson, 28, of 547 Lafayette Ave., was arraigned Friday morning on charges of possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and three counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Donaldson was charged by the vice unit of state police in Butler, who were called when a suspicious package was intercepted by the U.S. Postal Service in Allegheny County.

The package was addressed to Donaldson from Barb Donaldson of Garberville, Calif., court documents said.

A U.S. Postal Inspector got a federal search warrant to open the package, which contained about a pound of suspected marijuana, court documents said.

Officials then repackaged the drugs and delivered them to Donaldson’s home at 2:47 p.m. March 12.

A man named William E. Gibbs signed for the package and took it into the home, court documents said.

Two minutes later, police served a search warrant on the home signed by Senior District Judge Henry Russo.

Gibbs and three children were the only people home at the time and at 4:33 p.m. Donaldson and two more people arrived and were secured by police, court documents said.

According to court documents, Donaldson told police it was marijuana in the package and there was more in the home.

Police found 24 small bags of marijuana in a dining room table drawer, a cigarette wrapper containing cocaine and a vial of pills containing the mood stabilizer seroquel that belonged to someone else in Donaldson’s bedroom. They also found a pipe and a digital scale in the home.

Donaldson is scheduled for a preliminary hearing before Russo on April 3.

No one else appears to be charged in the case, according to court documents.

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