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Two arrested with 26 pounds of pot

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Couple charged with trafficking marijuana

By Chris Sardelli

csardelli@thelancasternews.com 

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As 2013 was coming to a close, a team of Lancaster County’s Drug Task Force investigators charged and arrested two Lancaster residents for trafficking marijuana. 

Mynone Rashad Blair, 36, and Lakeisha Sharmeka Gaston, 29, both of 2198 Pacer

Drive, were each charged Dec. 31 with trafficking marijuana more than 10 pounds and less than 100 pounds, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.   

Gaston also faces charges of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and resisting arrest, the release said.  

Investigators had been searching for Blair due to an outstanding arrest warrant for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He was found driving away from a Pacer Drive home. 

Authorities stopped his car and arrested him, later finding a large amount of cash and marijuana inside his car, the release said.  

The task force found more marijuana at a home in the 3800 block of Spirit Road in Heath Springs, where Blair said he also lived.  

Investigators also obtained a search warrant for Blair’s Pacer Drive home and discovered more marijuana inside that home.  

In all, from the searches of his car and the two homes, investigators found and seized about 26 pounds of marijuana, which has an estimated street value of $25,000, the release said. 

The searches also turned up a large amount of cash, drug paraphernalia and a handgun, the release said.  

A photo of the recovered evidence shows stacks of hundred-dollar bills spread across a table, next to several clear bags of various sizes, all filled with marijuana. Amongst the many evidence bags was a black handgun with two clips. 

Task force members arrested Gaston at her home after they executed the search warrant. 

Both Blair and Gaston were jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center, but released the following day on $40,000 surety bonds, the release said.

Sheriff Barry Faile commented Friday on the significance of the arrests. 

“We are extremely pleased to get these illegal drugs off of the street and get these individuals charged,” Faile said. 

“Given the amount of marijuana located, we believe these individuals to be major players in marijuana distribution.”

 

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416