Police charge Mt. Washington man with drug, gun crimes after search

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A Mt. Washington man is under arrest and facing 22 criminal charges after a search of his house Friday by Zone 3 detectives and SWAT officers.

Jonathan David Richter, 26, of 222 Hallock St., is charged with 10 counts of making false statements to purchase a firearm, seven counts of drug possession, three counts of possession with intent to deliver drugs, one count of receiving stolen property and one count of prohibited acts.

“We got a total of 24 weapons out of the house, pistols, assault rifles, shotguns," said Sgt. Chad O'Brien of Zone 3. "Some of the weapons even had suppressors on, silencers, which is something you don’t see from collectors.”

At least one of the guns was stolen, the sergeant said. He said that he expected to bring in federal agencies to track the firearms.

Among the firearms were a TEC 9 and M-16s with suppressors and scopes, he said. The search also recovered thousands of rounds of ammunition and body armor “comparable to what we would use on the SWAT team, which was very unsettling," he said.

The search began at 1:30 p.m. Friday and was conducted without incident. Mr. Richter was the only person home.

Sgt. O'Brien said that Zone 3 detectives performed the investigative work leading to the search over the course of a week, after citizen complaints of possible drug activity. He said that "five different types of narcotics" were found in the search.

The Department of Public Works then boarded up the house, he said.

Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.

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