State police, Westmoreland County detectives execute search warrant for missing drug money

WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. — Detectives and state police searched the home of a former attorney general’s office employee in North Versailles Thursday morning in connection with more than $100,000 in missing drug money.

>> 11 Investigates Exclusive: More than $100,000 in drug money missing from AG’s office

11 Investigates broke the story Wednesday night that more than $77,000 in drug forfeiture money and more than $24,000 in drug buy money is missing from the Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and Drug Control office in North Huntingdon Township.

The former employee declined to talk on camera.

The Westmoreland County District Attorney’s Office would neither confirm nor deny an investigation. Thursday, they said they are aware of the “missing funds” and there’s an “active and ongoing investigation.”

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala has no connections to the case, but he’s worked with drug forfeiture and buy funds for years.

He says it’s critically important to have checks and balances, and he says any impropriety could jeopardize cases.

That search warrant that was executed today is sealed, so we don’t have access to it yet.

As of Thursday night, no charges have been filed in this case.

Earle reached out to the attorney general’s office and hasn’t heard back.

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