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$2K in Cash, Seven Bricks of Heroin Found During Canonsburg Drug Bust

Two men are in the Washington County Jail on drug charges.

Canonsburg police said a traffic stop Wednesday night led to the arrest of two Washington County men—and the discovery of $2,000 in cash, as well as seven bricks of heroin.

Police charged Jason Hollman, 42, of Strabane, with possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver, online court records show.

Canonsburg police also charged Damen Gamble, 21, of Canonsburg, with possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver—which is a felony offense.

The traffic stop was conducted around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday on Euclid Avenue near Adams Avenue, according to police.

A Jeep being driven by Hollman was stopped because "information and surveillence confirmed that tht occupants had just been to the Pittsburgh area and purchased a large amount of heroin."

Police said Sgt. Donald Cross and Det. Alex Coghill—who conducted the investigatoin that led to the arrests—said five bricks of heroin. The street value of the heroin was estimated at about $3,700.

Gamble, who was the passenger int he vehicle, was found to be in possession of $2,000 in cash and two bricks of heroin. The street value of the heroin was estimated at $1,500.

Both men were arraigned before district Judge Ethan Ward and remanded to the Washington County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Both await preliminary hearings.

Mayor David H. Rhome and police Chief R.T. Bell lauded the police department and officers.

"This will disrupt things for a little bit," Coghill said, noting this was the 13th drug arrest in recent weeks.

Intelligence indicates that the pair bought 250 to 350 stamp bags daily—which represents a weekly street value of $36,750 to $49,000.

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