Man faces more drug charges

  • By Kathie Warco January 31, 2013

A Mt. Pleasant Township man already facing drug charges was taken into custody during a traffic stop Wednesday on a warrant stemming from a search of his home last week at the time of his initial arrest.

William Brian Jemison, 32, of 55 Second St., Westland, was a passenger in a vehicle stopped Wednesday afternoon by Washington police, said Mt. Pleasant police Chief Lou McQuillan.

Police had received complaints from residents in the Westland area about possible drug activity and launched an investigation. While serving the arrest warrant on Jemison Jan. 23, police also served a search warrant for his home.

Township police, members of the Washington County Drug Task Force, sheriff’s deputies, state police vice unit officers and Cecil Township’s dog searched the home.

Cecil police Officer Jeff Holt and his dog, Miner, went through Jemison’s home. The dog alerted to drugs in the kitchen, living room and two of the four bedrooms.

Police found numerous stamp bags of heroin in addition to empty stamp bags of heroin, paraphernalia, a .25-caliber handgun, a BB gun and more than $900. The serial number on one of the $20 bills matched money used to purchase heroin as part of the investigation.

While police were trying to take Jemison into custody, he reportedly charged at the officers and refused to comply with commands.

Jemison had been free from the Washington County jail on $50,000 bond that was posted six hours after he was incarcerated on charges including possession and possession with intent to deliver as well as criminal use of a communications device.

Jemison was arraigned Wednesday before District Judge Valarie Costanzo on charges of possession and possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest. He was placed in jail on $200,000 bond. A preliminary hearing on both sets of charges is set for Feb. 14 before Costanzo.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.


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