New Castle News


April 12, 2014

City man arrested on drug charges

NEW CASTLE — A West Side man is in jail after police allegedly found suspected marijuana in his apartment.

New Castle police arrested Robert Lee Gordon Jr., 39, of Apt. 601, McGrath Manor, at his home after executing a sealed search warrant there Wednesday.

According to police, the warrant was prompted by an undercover drug transaction by a confidential informant.

Officers reported that on Tuesday morning they used marked money and arranged for the informant to buy crack cocaine and heroin from Gordon, who goes by the nickname “P.”

The informant had told police Gordon was using the apartment for drug transactions.

After the controlled buy, police and Lawrence County Drug Task Force members obtained a sealed search warrant for Gordon’s apartment and served it around 6:15 a.m. Wednesday. Officers said he was in the bedroom and a black air rifle was in the living room.

Police said they had seized a total of 9.7 grams of suspected marijuana, two digital scales and about $1,800, including marked money from the informant’s purchase the day before. They also confiscated two televisions, a safe, a gold bracelet, a wireless surveillance camera, an Xbox 360 and controls, an Apple TV entertainment box, and a compact disc player.

Gordon is charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver, three counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count each of use or possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal use of a communication facility.

He was arraigned before District Judge Jennifer L. Nicholson, who set his bond at $100,000.

Eugene DiGennaro, executive director of the Lawrence County Housing Authority, which owns McGrath Manor, said the process of eviction for illegal drug activity already has been initiated against Gordon.

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