January 14, 2014 | Vol. 74 No. 26

Allentown couple arrested for growing pot

Late last week, Pittsburgh Police SWAT team members executed a search warrant for narcotics at 6 a.m. at a home in the 800 block of Loyal Way in Allentown.

Romulus Bryant and Natalie Taylor

The home was occupied by Romulus Bryant, 33, and Natalie Taylor, 23, along with their two small children, ages 3 and 4. As police secured the residence, SWAT team members notified the narcotics detectives there appeared to be a marijuana growing operation on the third floor, accessible from the children's room.

Narcotics detectives discovered 12 marijuana plants along with numerous other potting containers with soil under a lighting system.

A systematic search of the home uncovered approximately 395 stamped bags of heroin, two gallon size bags containing marijuana and $11,506 in cash. The heroin was recovered from a drawer in the kitchen.

Both Mr. Bryant and Ms. Taylor were charged with: Possession of heroin; Possession with the intent to deliver heroin; Possession of marijuana; Possession with the intent to deliver marijuana; Possession with the intent to deliver (cultivating marijuana); Endangering the welfare of children, two counts; Criminal conspiracy; and, Possession of an instrument of crime (false bottom can).

The children were turned over to their maternal grandmother and CYF was notified.

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