58 pounds of marijuana seized by police in separate arrests


Indiana Borough police said two men are facing arraignment before Indiana Magisterial District Judge Guy B. Haberl on drug-related charges stemming from allegations that each possessed large amounts of marijuana.

Police said Haberl is the on-call magistrate for arraignments of Joshua Pentz, 21, of Hollidaysburg, Blair County, and Chase Amoroso, 22, of Oxford, Chester County, both of whom were lodged Monday night in the Indiana County Jail.

Borough police said each face charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police said Pentz had approximately 40 pounds of marijuana, more than $16,000 in cash and drug paraphernalia during a raid of his apartment in the 1000 block of Philadelphia Street at 8 p.m. Monday.

A search warrant was served by borough police, who were assisted by officers of the Indiana County Drug Task Force, Homer City Police Department’s K-9 unit and the state police vice unit.

Also arrested Monday was Amoroso, on charges stemming from a raid Feb. 3 at 7:25 p.m. on the 800 block of Maple Street, where borough police said 18 pounds of marijuana was found, along with “a large sum of money” and items to sell the marijuana.

Street value of the drug was not estimated in the borough police report. However, in a state police report, street value for 407.61 pounds of marijuana taken in the third quarter of last year was estimated at $1.225 million, or approximately $3,005 per pound, which would put the value of marijuana seized in these two raids at more than $174,000.

Court records on the two men were not available this morning.

However, Amoroso was sentenced to 30 days’ probation by Haberl on March 9, 2017, after he pleaded guilty to possessing a small amount of marijuana in an Aug. 26, 2016, incident.