New Castle News

December 13, 2013

Raid in Neshannock leads to drug charges

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Drug charges have been filed against a Neshannock Township man as the result of a summer raid at his home.

Brendan Paul Banks, 23, of 323 Frazier Drive, was charged by Neshannock Township police after more than 50 items of evidence were taken from his home, including suspected marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms.

According to a criminal complaint filed in the office of District Judge Scott McGrath, Neshannock officers, along with members of the Lawrence County District Attorney’s task force and the county’s Special Investigations Unit, executed a search warrant at Banks’ home July 19.

Among the items seized were 13 marijuana plants, containers of loose marijuana, several bags of marijuana seeds, hallucinogenic mushrooms in a growing medium and spores. Various items related to the growing of plants indoors also were gathered.

In addition, marijuana pipes, $80 and several syringes with names on them were seized.

Charges filed Wednesday against Banks are two counts each of manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned Thursday and freed on a non-monetary bond.

A preliminary hearing for Banks on the charges is scheduled for Wednesday.