K-9 tracks suspected drug dealer who fled attempted arrest in Greensburg
A Hempfield man who police said fled from a drug deal Friday afternoon was found by a police dog hiding under a shed deck in Greensburg, according to court papers.
Greensburg police were patrolling around Eastmont Estates at 4:47 p.m. because of recent complaints about drug activity when Damone Akeir Morton, 23, was seen getting out of the passenger seat of a car while a female driver waited with the car running, according to a criminal complaint. When Morton returned to the car from an apartment building, he allegedly ran when police tried to talk to him.
Officers chased him to the area of Lemington Street and Gross Avenue where a resident reported seeing Morton discard something under a fence and keep running. Police said they found 195 suspected Xanax pills in two plastic bags.
Jeannette police dog Arees tracked Morton and found him hiding on a Lemington Street property, according to the complaint.
Morton is charged with possession with intent to deliver, escape, flight to avoid apprehension and numerous other related offenses. He is being held in the Westmoreland County Prison on $50,000 bail. He did not have an attorney listed in online court records.
A Dec. 6 preliminary hearing is set.
Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Renatta at 724-837-5374, [email protected] or via Twitter @byrenatta.