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17-year-old to face adult charges for role in family drug ring

January 8, 2019 Digital Media Exclusive

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Cranberry Township police allege drugs were being sold out of this home in Forest Park Village.

CRANBERRY TWP — A 17-year-old was arraigned Tuesday on charges for his role in helping a Cranberry family run a suspected marijuana-dealing operation out of their home.

Hunter Stevens faces three counts of felony criminal conspiracy; two counts of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver; criminal use of a communication facility; and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He is being charged as an adult after Russell Karl, assistant district attorney, asked to transfer the case from juvenile to criminal court. Stevens has graduated from high school, and the serious nature of the charges and sophistication of the alleged plot makes him “a danger to the community,” Karl wrote, adding “He poses a risk to himself and the community” and penalties at the juvenile court level are not adequate for Stevens' case.

In December, Judge Timothy McCune ordered the case to adult court, noting Stevens turns 18 Feb. 27.

Because of the charges against Hunter Stevens, some child endangerment charges against the rest of his family were withdrawn last week.

This is an excerpt — read more about this case in Wednesday's Butler Eagle.

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