Man lied on gun form, cops charge Traffic stop leads to heroin bust
A Barnesville man, unable to legally obtain a firearm, was charged after attempting to purchase a pistol in 2015, according to court information.
Andrew Pizzo, 26, was charged by Butler Township police with statement under penalty after the Nov. 16, 2015, incident at a local gun store.
The charge was filed against him Dec. 20 and a hearing was held Jan. 4 before Magisterial District Judge Daniel O’Donnell, Sugarloaf Township.
Arrest papers state Pizzo claimed on paperwork to purchase the gun that he was never arrested and was never an unlawful user of marijuana. He was ultimately denied the purchase when his information was entered into the Pennsylvania Instant Check System showing he was convicted of a crime where he could have been jailed for over a year, court papers state.
He was charged in 2013 with driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, police wrote, and was admitted to an Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition program as a result. He was also ordered to 12 months probation, court records state.
State police seized hundreds of heroin packets when they stopped a vehicle on Interstate 80 West in East Side borough and smelled marijuana inside.
Maurice M. Highley, 36, Irvington, New Jersey, faces delivery or possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, use or possession of drug paraphernalia and two summary violations including driving while his license was suspended or revoked, as a result of that stop.
He was taken to jail after failing to immediately post 10 percent of $100,000 bail during his preliminary arraignment Jan. 6 before Magisterial District Judge Joseph Homanko, Weatherly.
A trooper was traveling on I-80 west around 9:30 a.m. Jan. 6 when he noticed a vehicle traveling in the same direction with its turn signal activated for more than a mile. He stopped the vehicle at mile marker 273.
While searching the vehicle police found a marijuana “shake” on the driver’s and passenger side floor boards, arrest papers state, and in the trunk they found a black plastic bag containing 14 50-packet bricks of heroin.