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Cranberry drug suspect faces additional charges

June 15, 2018 News Extra

YOUNGWOOD, Westmoreland County — Additional charges are expected to be filed after a Cranberry Township man was found to allegedly be transporting 75 of pounds of marijuana earlier this week.

According to documents filed Tuesday by Greensburg police, Giovanni Omar Baassiri, 34, is charged with felony manufacturing, delivering or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver marijuana, as well as misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and two traffic offenses following an incident that took place Tuesday afternoon.

According to the complaint, officers made a traffic stop at 1:05 p.m. on Route 119 north in Youngwood after seeing a vehicle not use a turn signal to change lanes and proceed to follow another vehicle too closely.

Officers allegedly smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, being driven by Baassiri. He told officers there was nothing in the vehicle, and would not consent to a search, the complaint states. A K9 unit was called to the scene, and alerted officers to something in the vehicle.

There they found two large cardboard boxes containing marijuana. According to a report filed by the Westmoreland County-Greensburg post of the State Police, 75 pounds of marijuana was inside of the vehicle. That amount is estimated to be worth $150,000, according to the report.

Read more about this case in Sunday's Eagle.