• Detectives find mushrooms, 20 pounds of pot, $4K in cash inside Manchester home


    PITTSBURGH - A reported domestic dispute in Manchester led police to a marijuana-growing and distribution operation Sunday night, authorities said.

    Officers went to the house on Pennsylvania Avenue between 7 and 8 p.m., after a man said he stopped there to use the bathroom and saw a woman pushed down the stairs, said Zone 1 Sgt. Patrick Knepp.

    Knepp said a woman answered the door profusely bleeding from the mouth, but claimed she fell down the stairs.

    The suspect said he didn't strike the woman, police said. When officers looked inside his house, they saw marijuana in plain view, Knepp said.

    After getting a search warrant, police found as much as 20 pounds of marijuana, mushrooms and $4,000 in cash, Knepp said. They also found equipment for growing, weighing and packaging the marijuana, he said.

    Police arrested Gerald Sloan, Jr., 31, and took him to the Allegheny County Jail. The woman was treated at Allegheny General Hospital for a head injury, Knepp said.

    Neighbors like Shirley Williams said they thought the home was fairly quiet.

    "You never know what's going on in your neighborhood or with your neighbors. You just never know," Williams said. "I was very shocked because they're very quiet people."

    Sloan and the woman who was taken to the hospital are facing drug charges, police said.

    Channel 11's news exchange partners at TribLIVE contributed to this report.

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