Deputies discover pot during search for fugitive
PINE TOWNSHIP – Indiana County drug investigators unexpectedly discovered and seized an estimated $100,000 worth of marijuana Thursday in a tiny village near the Cambria County border, officials said.
Indiana County sheriff’s deputies attempted to serve an arrest warrant on a fugitive at 33 Third Street, Alverda, and nearly left the residence completely empty handed, according to Indiana County District Attorney Patrick Dougherty.
When no one answered their knock at the door, the deputies left the house but were soon sent back when a neighbor contacted the sheriff’s office to report seeing someone looking out the windows of the house.
Dougherty said the deputies returned and found the door opened, detected the smell of fresh marijuana, then entered in search of the fugitive and found a massive supply of pot.
Deputies promptly got a search warrant from District Judge Susanne Steffee and searched the rest of the property, ultimately confiscating 36 large live marijuana plants, about six pounds of marijuana processed and packaged for sale, and a variety of equipment used for growing and preparing the drug.
The seizure is expected to result in felony charges of manufacture of marijuana and possession with intent to deliver marijuana, Dougherty said.
The district attorney didn’t identify the fugitive, who was the original target of the arrest warrant, or give the name of the person thought responsible for the marijuana.