Agents arrest two; seize cash, 1,500 bricks of heroin in city drug bust

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A live chicken, 16 guns, more than $100,000 in cash and about 1,500 bricks of heroin were among the items found when state agents searched a home in Mount Washington over the weekend, officials said Monday.

The state attorney general’s office described the search and subsequent arrest of two men as part of an investigation into “upper-level heroin trafficking in Pittsburgh.” They said they also found jewelry, Cuban cigars and two luxury cars during a search of 414 William St.

James Perrin, 35, and Price Montgomery, 33, were arraigned Monday on drug charges, gun violations and charges that they acted as part of a corrupt organization. Both were being held in the Allegheny County Jail.

Agents with the attorney general’s office wrote in a criminal complaint that they conducted a traffic stop about 1:30 p.m. Sunday after they saw Perrin and Montgomery walk out of the home and get into a blue Audi sport-utility vehicle. Inside the car, they found a backpack containing about 125 bricks of heroin, prompting a search warrant for the house.

Agents wrote that inside the house they found more heroin, four assault rifles, two shotguns and 10 handguns.

How a live chicken ended up in the mix is unclear. An attorney general’s office spokesman declined to comment in detail about the items seized.

Agents listed Montgomery as a resident of the William Street house; no address was listed for Perrin.

Former Steelers cornerback Trevor Deshea Townsend owns the home. He lives in Mississippi and is an assistant coach for the Mississippi State University football team. He did not respond to a request for comment, is not listed in the criminal complaint and has not been charged in connection with the investigation.

Mississippi State University released a statement Monday evening that said Mr. Townsend leases out the property, and neither Perrin nor Montgomery were listed on a lease for it.

"Coach no way is associated with the activities that may have occurred at a property rented by him to others,“ said assistant athletic director Bill Martin.

Court records show that Port Vue police arrested Perrin in March on drug charges, and he was out on $50,000 bail awaiting a formal arraignment on those charges later this month. Port Vue police wrote in a criminal complaint that received a March 14 call reporting about a man found unresponsive inside a car.

They wrote that Perrin ran away and was found him hiding in a yard; he had 90 stamp bags of heroin and $441.

Assisting in the arrest Sunday were Pittsburgh police, Allegheny County police, state police, the Allegheny County district attorney's office and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

Liz Navratil: or 412-263-1438. First Published June 9, 2014 2:35 PM


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