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Pair held for trial on charges after traffic stop

Suspected drugs, loaded gun found in car

July 30, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

Elisandra Smart
Zeke Grant

SAXONBURG — A man and woman are headed for trial following a traffic stop in Middlesex Township in which police say they found suspected drugs, other contraband, a loaded handgun with a filed-off serial number and a set of brass knuckles in separate backpacks.

District Judge Sue Haggerty at a preliminary hearing Wednesday ordered Zeke S. Grant, 21, of Cranberry Township, and Elisandra F. Smart, 19, of Pittsburgh held for court on felony drug and other charges.

Haggerty made her ruling despite arguments by Smart’s attorney that his client was only a marijuana user who had marijuana for personal use.

Middlesex police Officer Mark Heider testified that he was on patrol on Route 8 about 10:50 p.m. July 9 when he pulled over a car for a pair of traffic violations.

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