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Stowe man traded drugs for a Michael Vick Eagles jersey, police say

November 15, 2018

A Stowe man is facing charges for delivering drugs that caused the death of a McKees Rocks man last summer.

James Johnston, of Munson Avenue, is accused of providing a mixtures of drugs that killed 23-year-old Cody Dougherty in a McKees Rocks residence on June 16.

Johnston was called a mid-level dealer by the state Attorney General’s Office and local police.

According to reports, police found “Super Mario” drug packets, with a cartoon character drawing on each packet. Dougherty allegedly got the drugs from Johnston by trading him a Michael Vick Philadelphia Eagles jersey.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said Dougherty died from a result of combined drug toxicity from two types of fentynal, cocaine, heroin, hydrocodone and MDMA.

A witness told McKees Rock police that Johnston was heard trading the drugs for the jersey.

Police alleged they found about five bricks -- 250 packets -- of the “Super Mario” heroin-fentynal mix.

A Vick jersey was found inside Johnston’s residence at the 1000 block of Hober Drive, as well, police alleged.

According to the affidavit, a state grand jury recommended the arrest of Johnston. He was arrested with 50 others on Oct. 19.

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