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Local Men Held on Drug Charges After Motel Bust

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
November 26, 2017
Posted in: Crime and Police News

Two area men face drug charges after being arrested Wednesday morning at a motel in Plum.

Jamar Mosby, 44, of McKeesport, and Terrance Banks, 49, of East Pittsburgh, are charged by the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substances and possession with intent to deliver.

Mosby also is charged in connection with a rape in East Pittsburgh, court records indicate.

Mosby is currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bond, while Banks is jailed in lieu of $5,000. They face a hearing on the drug charges Dec. 6 before Magisterial District Judge Linda Zucco in Plum.

In a prepared statement, Chief Deputy Kevin Kraus of the sheriff's office said that deputies have been searching for Mosby since Nov. 13, when he failed to appear in Allegheny County Court for a Family Division case.

While they were searching, East Pittsburgh police charged Mosby with rape, sexual assault and indecent assault in connection with a Nov. 11 incident in that borough.

Borough police said Mosby was an overnight guest at a resident's home on Nov. 11. Police accuse Mosby of entering the victim's bedroom while she slept and assaulting her. 

A warrant for Mosby's arrest was issued Nov. 17 by Magisterial District Judge Scott Schricker in Turtle Creek. Mosby faces a hearing before Schricker Dec. 5 on the rape charges.

Kraus said deputies tracing Mosby's movements tracked him to a motel on Golden Mile Highway in Plum, where he was staying with Banks.

Sheriff's deputies arrived early Wednesday morning and arrested Mosby without incident, Kraus said.

While detaining Mosby and Banks, deputies noticed a strong smell of burning marijuana and spotted a digital scale and drug paraphernalia in the room, Kraus said.

They obtained a search warrant and discovered $1,035 in currency, more than an ounce of suspected crack cocaine, three bricks of suspected heroin, more than two ounces of suspected marijuana and twelve Viagra tablets, Kraus said.

Originally published November 26, 2017.

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