Bust yields $20K worth of drugs

A Jan. 12 investigation and search warrant execution at a Farmington Township camp turned up about $20,000 worth of fentanyl, methamphetamine and crack cocaine, according to the Clarion County District Attorney’s Office.

Charged in the case are Justin Michael Weston, 32, of McKeesport, and Sherrod Duncan, 43, of New Kensington. The charges were filed by Clarion County Detective William Craddock, a member of the Clarion Country Narcotics Enforcement Team.

According to a news release from Clarion County District Attorney Drew Welsh, who oversees CNET, a county detective received credible information that Duncan was conducting drug activity at a camp in the Cook Forest area.

Welsh and Assistant District Attorney Erich Spessard were consulted, and a search warrant was obtained from Clarion County Judge of Common Pleas Sara Seidle-Patton, the release said. The search warrant was executed and a large amount of controlled substances were seized as a result.

Welsh said CNET officers seized more than 50 grams of fentanyl, 9 ounces of methamphetamine, 30 grams of crack cocaine, hundreds of narcotic pills and thousands of dollars in cash.

“To put this seizure in perspective, we are talking about well over $20,000 in narcotics at street value,” Welsh said in the release. “The amount of fentanyl alone is staggering. A dealer is capable of making thousands of stamp bags from what was found. When you factor in the meth, crack and pills, this is one of the biggest seizures in Clarion County history.”

“These drugs kill people. Parents are losing their children, and kids are losing their mom or dad every day to these deadly and addictive drugs.”

Welsh thanked “the dedicated work” of CNET Chief Detective William H. Peck IV, the CNET team and other law enforcement agencies.

“These arrests and seizures would not have been possible without the assistance and support of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, the Pennsylvania State Police, including their SERT team, and the Clarion Borough Police Department,” he said.

“I am constantly amazed by the effort and sacrifice that these officers make to help ensure that those who bring deadly poison into our community are held accountable. It’s always a good day when drugs that are tearing our community apart are taken off the streets.”

Duncan and Weston were arraigned by District Judge Timothy P. Schill, who set each man’s bail at $100,000. Both men are scheduled for a Feb. 1 preliminary hearing.

Duncan is charged with eight counts of the manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, an unclassified felony; four counts of possession of a controlled substance; 10 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, all as unclassified misdemeanors; and one count of providing false identification to police, a third-degree misdemeanor.

Weston is charged with seven counts of the manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, an unclassified felony; and possession of a controlled substance as an unclassified misdemeanor.

According to online court records, both men have extensive lists of criminal charges throughout western Pennsylvania.