Traffic Stop Leads to Felony Drug Charges for Oil City Man

| July 12, 2020

PoliceFRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – A traffic stop in Franklin led to felony drug charges for an Oil City man.

Court documents indicate the Franklin Police Department filed criminal charges against 25-year-old Richard Kenneth Dust.

According to a criminal complaint, Franklin Police conducted a traffic stop on July 6 on a Honda CP on the 1200 block of Liberty Street for an equipment violation.

During the traffic stop, officers noted an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and asked the driver, identified as Richard Dust, if there was any marijuana in the vehicle. Dust reportedly stated there was “a bowl packed with marijuana, but that was it,” the complaint states.

A search of the vehicle then discovered approximately 31 grams of marijuana, 4.5 grams of Psilocybin mushrooms, a small amount of methamphetamine, a glass smoking “bowl” with marijuana residue, and $715.00 in cash, according to the complaint.

Dust was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish at 9:00 p.m. on July 6, on the following charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Possession of Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor (two counts)
– Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
– Have Improper Muffler, Summary

He is currently free on $5,000.00 unsecured bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on August 26, with Judge Fish presiding.


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