Vandergrift man jailed for possession of drugs


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Vandergrift, Pa. – A Vandergrift man was sent to the Westmoreland County Prison after police and other officials of law enforcement arrested Jerry Moore, age 61 of Custer Avenue on charges of possession of drugs with the intent to deliver and manufacturing.

Vandergrift Police Officer Nate Rigatti said upon observation the suspect left the residence and got into a KIA SUV driving on a suspended license when he was pulled over with lights and siren activated near an alley on Farragut Avenue.

After the stop, Officer Rigattii said the male exited the vehicle and was ordered to get back in the vehicle but Moore fled from police on foot. Officer Rigatti ran after the suspect and was able to detain Moore until Westmoreland County Detective John Clark arrived to assist.

Moore was on State Parole at the time of the incident. State Parole agent Patty Misho assisted at the scene and observed a plastic bag in the vehicle. Seized in the incident was a large amount of heroin, 1/2 oz. of crystal meth and $395 US Currency cash. Moore was arrested and faces the following charges:

F Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver 11/19/2019, Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, 2 Counts M Int Poss Contr Subst By Per Not Reg, M Use/Poss Of Drug Paraphernalia and S Driving While Oper Priv Susp Or Revoked.

Moore was arraigned by District Magistrate Cheryl Peck-Yakopec, unable to make bail and was transported to the Westmoreland County Jail.

Officer Rigatti thanks Westmoreland County Detective John Clark and State Parole Agent Patty Misho for their assistance in the incident. Residents of Vandergrift are urged to call the police when they see suspicious activity in their neighborhood.