Traffic stop leads to drug charges

A traffic stop in Allegheny Township has landed two men in hot water after police allegedly find heroin and methamphetamine.

Jeremy R. Ross, 31, of Duncansville was pulled over about 2 a.m. Saturday at Plank Road and Hollidaysburg Plaza after an Allegheny Township police officer ran his license plate and learned the 2011 Subaru Legacy that Ross was driving had an expired registration, according to charges filed this weekend.

Police said a digital scale with a white residue was sitting on the car’s center console and Ross, who had no license on him, was asked to step out of the vehicle.

His passenger, Michael Brecht, allegedly gave officers a different name, but he was recognized by a Blair Township officer who also responded to the scene.

Police contend that Ross had a syringe in his pocket as well as multiple stamp bags of suspected heroin wrapped in a rubber band and four small plastic bags of suspected methamphetamine.

Three glass pipes also were found in a glasses case on the front passenger seat, and Brecht allegedly told police they belonged to him.

A 2 mg clonazepam pill also was found by police, according to the charges filed before Magisterial District Judge Steven Jackson.

Ross was jailed and arraigned Saturday morning on felony and misdemeanor drug charges. His bail was set at 10 percent of $15,000, and Ross posted bail Sunday.

Brecht was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and remains in jail with bail set at $2,500 cash.

Both men are scheduled to appear Thursday for their preliminary hearings.


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