JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY--- Johnstown Police conducted a routine traffic stop that turns into a major drug bust for officers.
Jermaine Jones was taken into custody Monday outside of Building 29. Police found a large amount of cash, drugs and fentanyl.
“We believe he was a fairly large dealer considering the amount of drugs that were found,” said Police Chief Craig Foust.
The investigation led police to Jones’s home on Stone Street where they found more drugs, cash and other items inside.
“We are happy he was taken into custody and is off the streets,” said Foust.
Joseph Layton who lives near Building 29 said he saw police pull Jones over.
“They handcuffed him and put him in the back of the police cruiser,” said Layton.
The items seized from Jones' vehicle included: 387 heroin stamp bags; 8 grams of raw heroin; two vials of fentanyl; 20 grams of marijuana, $1,640; and a cell phone. Jones was then taken into custody.
A consent to search conducted at the residence of Jones' paramour at 464 Stone St., Johnstown, yielded an additional 408 stamped bags of heroin, $27,430 cash, $2,150 prepaid Visa credit cards, 40 grams of marijuana, 23 unidentified pills and paraphernalia, including rubber bands and empty heroin stamp bags. The estimated street value of all heroin seized is $12,000.
"Thousands of Pennsylvanians struggle every day with heroin addiction, which destroys families and communities alike," Attorney General Kane said. "The Office of Attorney General is in neighborhoods across this Commonwealth, working with our partners to dry up the supply, one dealer at a time."
The Attorney Generals office, Johnstown Police and State Police are investigating the case.
"Earlier this year, fentanyl-laced heroin killed 22 people in Western Pennsylvania, but with the assistance of local law enforcement, we identified and arrested a dealer with that same, deadly batch of heroin in his possession,” said Kane.
Layton said certain groups are giving neighborhoods a bad wrap.
“It’s sad not everyone who lives here is involved in stuff, this used to be a good area,” said Layton. “Police are doing a good job, they really are.”
Jones is in the Cambria County Jail.