The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

February 18, 2014

Traffic stop leads to pot discoveries

The Herald

FARRELL — Two men were arrested Friday on drug charges stemming from a traffic stop of a vehicle they were passengers in at 12:32 a.m. in the 700 block of Beechwood Avenue, Farrell.

The vehicle was pulled over for a burned out headlight, police said. After Kaleb C. Short, 21, of 605 Spearman Ave., Farrell, was seen moving around in the back seat and gave answers to questions inconsistent to what police had observed, all occupants of the vehicle were removed, Southwest Mercer County Regional police said.

Police said they found a bulge in Short’s left sock, and he ran away.

Police followed Short and found a bag containing 16 baggie corners of marijuana sitting on top of trash on the back porch of a home in the 700 block of Emerson Avenue, they said. The bag was warm and dry and Short’s footprints indicated he had gone that way, police said.

When Short was arrested in the 700 block of Hamilton Avenue, the bulge in his sock was gone and he had $151 on him, police said.

Short was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of pot and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Another passenger, Anthony A. Johnson, 24, of 386 Cedar Ave., Sharon, was charged with the same offenses based on a search of the vehicle that turned up a bag of pot, a box of sandwich bags and an electronic scale with pot residue on it, police said. Johnson had $963 on him, police said.

The men were arraigned by District Judge Ronald E. Antos, Farrell, and face a preliminary hearing at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Short was taken to Mercer County Jail for failing to post bond, while Johnson was released after posting bond.