LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Two Lower Pottsgrove residents were arrested early Saturday evening (Feb. 3, 2018) by township police on multiple drug-related charges following the seizure of more than 10 pounds of marijuana, additional marijuana concentrate, $5,000 in cash, drug paraphernalia and a digital scale, and a loaded semi-automatic handgun from a home in the 1900 block of North Keim Street.
Police Chief Michael Foltz on Monday (Feb. 5) told members of the township Board of Commissioners the arrest was the latest indicator that Lower Pottsgrove has not escaped alleged drug distribution problems often associated with larger, more urban communities.
Facing charges are Taariq Paul, 26, and Bashia Moreno, 25, both of whom were occupying the home at the time.
According to a police department media release, Ofc. Matthew Meitzler responded to North Keim at about 5:17 p.m. “to investigate a report of an open door on a residential property.” While there, Meitzler alleged he “smelled a strong odor of marijuana” emanating from a nearby home, and made contact with and talked to its residents.
Once inside the second property, an even more prevalent odor inside prompted police to secure it and obtain a search warrant, they said. Their subsequent search led to the confiscation of the items found and resulted in the pair’s arrests. An additional investigation is being conducted on the handgun, the release added.
The two are charged with “possession of marijuana, possession of “DAB” (a marijuana concentrate), possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession with intent to deliver “DAB,” four (4) counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and criminal conspiracy.
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