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Drug Charges Filed After Traffic Stop

By Jason Togyer
The Tube City Almanac
November 17, 2016
Posted in: Crime and Police News

A traffic stop on Bowman Avenue in McKeesport left city police with more than two pounds of marijuana, and left a Wilkinsburg man facing charges.

Justin R. Gant, 31, is free on bond pending a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. Nov. 21 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene F. Riazzi Jr.

According to a police report, city police Sgt. Steve Kondrosky was on traffic duty on Bowman Avenue near the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge just after 1 a.m. Tuesday when a car went through the posted 25 mph zone at 40 mph.

Police said Kondrosky followed the car and stopped it after a few blocks. When the driver handed over his license and registration, police said, a strong odor of marijuana was present inside the vehicle, and a medicine vial containing suspected marijuana could be seen on the center console.

After initially refusing to exit the car, police said, the driver agreed. A police K-9 officer was called to the scene and searched the vehicle, where officers found three plastic bags containing suspected marijuana, along with eight stampers that are commonly used for marking packets of heroin, police said.

In addition to the suspected drugs, police said that three cellular phones and $1,390 in cash were seized from the vehicle, which was a rental.

The driver was identified as Gant, police said.

Gant is charged by McKeesport police with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license, and speeding.

Originally published November 17, 2016.

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