ANOTHER Erie bust!!! police seize marijuana, assault rifle
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#1 Apr 17, 2010
Erie police found 8 pounds of marijuana on the floor of an apartment in the 300 block of West Seventh Street on Wednesday. Next to the drugs, in a black duffel bag, was an AK-47 assault rifle, police said.
"You'd hate to come across that in someone's hands," Lt. Mike Nolan said.
Police entered the first-floor apartment at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. They found the drugs, the gun and more than $9,200.
The cash was in a suitcase, which had been left open on the floor, Nolan said.
Officers arrested the apartment's tenant -- Lewis J. Mitchell, 28 -- three hours later. Mitchell, a Cleveland native, was caught as he walked in the 1600 block of Liberty Street. He tried to run but soon stopped, Nolan said.
Mitchell was carrying a small amount of marijuana and $2,300 in cash when police took him into custody, Nolan said. He was held on a warrant issued in Ohio while police prepared the local charges.
Mitchell was arraigned before Erie 1st Ward District Judge Sue Mack on charges of possessing drugs with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a prohibited firearm. He is being held at the Erie County Prison on $20,000 cash bond.
Police said the marijuana had a street value of about $35,000. It was packed into eight bulging Ziploc bags.
"You typically don't stumble onto this kind of quantity," Erie County District Attorney Jack Daneri said.
Police learned of the drugs earlier in the week, when patrol officers made a traffic stop in another part of Erie. Information from that suspect led investigators to Mitchell, police said.
The initial suspect was not charged with a crime.
A girlfriend who lived with Mitchell also was not charged.
The Erie County District Attorney's drug task force and the U.S. Border Patrol assisted with the investigation. "That's what it takes: Different agencies working together and individual citizens coming forward to say,'Enough. We're going to take this off the street,'" Daneri said.
The long-term effect is harder to judge, Nolan said.
"I've got to believe it will be felt," he said. "Those who use will notice that this isn't around anymore. But there's someone waiting to take their place as soon as this thing falls through."
DRUGS ARE EVERYWHERE :)
#2 Apr 17, 2010
it's party time in the EPD evidence room
#3 Apr 17, 2010
heyyyy share the wealth!
#4 Apr 17, 2010
If reefer is legalized in california later this year, will the rest of the country still be so ready to lock up users in their own states? Stop wasting money, time, and other scarce resources on a plant that has no lethal dosage. You could kill yourself quicker with aspirin.
#5 Apr 17, 2010
#6 Apr 17, 2010
Notice the article says the person in the traffic stop was not charged? Wonder how he got out of that one? I would be pretty nervous in a couple years when that dealer gets out of jail! Google is a bitch, it can find you anywhere!
#7 Apr 17, 2010
Assault is an action not an object..thank the clinton years.
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