Police arrest pair after traffic stop

McCloskey, Montgomery face drug charges


From Mirror staff reports

A traffic stop led to the arrest of two men wanted by Altoona police.

Robert P. McCloskey Jr., 20, was taken into custody early Sunday after he was pulled over while driving near Beale Avenue and 20th Street.

Police said McCloskey was sitting on a bag of marijuana, which police saw when he got out of the Ford Focus he was driving so he could look for his driver’s license under the seat.

Another bag of marijuana was allegedly found in McCloskey’s pocket when he was searched, along with a digital scale and rolling papers. A backpack that McCloskey allegedly had stuffed between himself and the door of the car held packaging material, weights for a scale and a metal grinder, police added.


A passenger in the car allegedly gave police a different name, but officers noted the Social Security card he was carrying identified him as Zaire Montgomery. Police took Montgomery into custody after finding a partially burned marijuana blunt in his pocket and confirmed his identity as Montgomery when he was taken to the Altoona Police Department.

Montgomery was wanted on a December 2018 warrant for a simple assault charge and he remains in Blair County Prison in lieu of $50,000 cash bail after his arraignment Sunday.

McCloskey was wanted for failing to appear at his April 3 preliminary hearing on drug charges filed by Altoona police.

In that case, McCloskey’s mother called police on him the night of Feb. 23 after she allegedly saw him snorting cocaine in his bedroom. Responding Altoona police allegedly found marijuana, cocaine and an ecstasy pill shaped like Donald Trump’s head, along with assorted drug paraphernalia, sitting out in the bedroom. A search of the room allegedly turned up various pills and THC wax and McCloskey allegedly had methamphetamine on him when he was arrested in his bedroom.

Bail for McCloskey for the charges stemming from Sunday’s traffic stop was set at $10,000 cash at his arraignment before Magis­terial District Judge Paula Aigner on Sunday.

Judge Aigner set bail on McCloskey’s previous case at $20,000 cash.

Both McCloskey and Montgomery are scheduled to appear at Central Court on June 26 for preliminary hearings.


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