Drugs, suspected explosive device seized in Canonsburg

  • By Scott Beveridge December 13, 2012

The Allegheny County Bomb Squad was asked to identify and test a suspected improvised explosive device found Wednesday in the home of a Canonsburg man, who is facing drug charges as part of the investigation.

Investigators remanded Justin Miller, 25, to Washington County Jail on a parole violation as they continued to investigate the case, borough police said.

Police were called to Miller’s residence at 310 Cecil St. about 7 p.m. after parole officers conducting a routine compliance check on him said they noticed marijuana in plain view in his living room.

District Judge David Mark then signed a warrant allowing police to search the residence. Police said they seized a large amount of marijuana from the home, along with drug paraphernalia and firearms. The suspicious device was found in a bedroom, police said.

Police said they would file the appropriate charges against Miller after learning the outcome of the bomb squad investigation.

Miller was sentenced in Washington County Court to 12 months’ probation after pleading guilty July 13 to possession of Ecstasy, possession of drug paraphernalia and making or repairing offensive weapons, court records show. He was arrested in that case in Canton Township by state police.

Scott Beveridge has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1986 after previously working at the Daily Herald in Monongahela. He is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s fine arts and art education programs and Duquesne University’s master of liberal arts program. He is a 2004 World Affairs journalism fellow.


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