McDonald man faces drug charges after son’s arrest

July 29, 2014
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Andrew L. Gilblom
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Cody Gilblom

A McDonald man faces drug charges after borough police found bottles of marijuana seeds and fertilizer when they went to his home looking for his son, who was wanted in a Greene County burglary.

McDonald police, assisted by Cecil Township police, went to the home of 43-year-old Andrew L. Gilblom at 103 W. Lincoln Ave., Monday morning to look for Cody Gilblom. Cody Gilblom, 21, of 105 Parkview Knoll, Carmichaels, was wanted by Cumberland Township police on a warrant in connection with the July 21 burglary at the home of Dale and Suzanne Swiatalski. He is also a suspect in other daylight burglaries, police said.

McDonald police Officer Bradley Resnik received a tip from Cumberland police that the younger Gilblom was staying with his father. His father told Resnik and Officer Richard France that his son was not at the residence, but police found the younger Gilblom hiding in the bathtub.

“As we were clearing, we saw a pipe and some marijuana,” Resnik said. “That led to us getting a consent to search from the father.”

Resnik said another marijuana pipe was found on the dresser. Behind the dresser was a Tide detergent container. Inside it were 20 prescription bottles containing suspected marijuana seeds. Some of the seeds were labeled and packaged for distribution, the officer added. Police also found potting soil and fertilizer.

Andrew Gilblom was arraigned at midnight Monday before District Judge David Mark on charges of manufacturing and distributing a controlled substance and possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. He was placed in Washington County jail on $50,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 11 at the office of Senior District Judge Jay Dutton.

The younger Gilblom was arraigned Monday before District Judge Glenn Bates on charges of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, criminal trespass and criminal mischief. He is awaiting an Aug. 6 preliminary hearing before District Judge Lee Watson.

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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