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Suspect Brings Drugs to Court

May 8, 2002

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UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) _ A suspected drug dealer must not have had anywhere to stash his crack cocaine and marijuana, authorities said, so he brought it with him _ to court.

Duron Ford, 19, had a court appearance Monday on drug possession charges. Knowing Ford was due in court, officers approached him in the courthouse to serve a warrant on an unrelated case.

As police closed in on him, Ford reportedly said, ``Man, I got the blow on me.″

After 10 police officers corralled Ford in the hallway of the Fayette County courthouse, they found he was carrying about two grams of crack cocaine and some marijuana.

``We would hope that they have enough brain cells to know not to bring illicit drugs into the courthouse,″ said Ford’s court-appointed attorney, Jeffrey Witeko.

Ford was in jail after being arraigned on charges of drug possession and resisting arrest.

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