New Castle News


June 5, 2014

Troopers: Drugs found in car on turnpike

NEW CASTLE — State police working a special detail on the Pennsylvania Turnpike arrested two men Thursday in Lawrence County.

Rese Thomas McGaughey, 20, of New Alexandria, Pa., Westmoreland County, and Ryan Kirsh Keener, 20, of Saltsburg, Pa., Indiana County, are charged as co-conspirators with drug offenses after a traffic stop around 2:50 p.m. on Interstate 76 in North Beaver Township.

The arrest of the two men was the second drug arrest made in two days by state troopers patrolling the turnpike.

State troopers from Butler reported that they pulled over a gray Saab around 2:50 p.m. that was traveling east with its passenger side rear brake light out.

McGaughey, who was driving, and his passenger, Keener, seemed highly nervous and told the troopers a story about camping, according to a police report, but no camping gear was visible in the car.

Troopers learned that Kenner had a drug offense history and they initially wrote a written warning for the driver.

McGaughey was asked to get out of the car and the troopers explained the warning, then they asked if he had any illegal items in the car. McGaughey said no, but would not give them permission to search his car, according to the report.

A police canine ran around the car and hit on it, and police did a probable cause search based on that, they reported. When the troopers opened the rear hatch, found a large amount of suspected marijuana, hashish oil, an extractor and 19 marijuana magazines under a tent and sleeping blankets. A digital Canon camera was in the back seat.

An exact quantity of the  marijuana and hashish oil found was not available from police yesterday

Both McGaughey and Keener are charged with conspiracy for possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, no rear lights and failure to use safety belts.

They were arraigned by District Judge Jerry G. Cartwright, who committed them to the Lawrence County jail in lieu of $25,000 bond each.


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