Former Steeler owns two homes where drug busts occurred

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The former Steelers cornerback who owns a Mount Washington home that was the site of a drug bust this summer also owns a property in Ross where police arrested people on drug charges last year.

Deshea Townsend, 38, has not been implicated in either case and could not be reached for comment. A spokesman for Mississippi State University, where Mr. Townsend works as a coach, referred requests to Mr. Townsend’s lawyer. His lawyer, Robert G. Del Greco Jr., released a statement on Mr. Townsend’s behalf Wednesday evening.

The statement read in part: “Although Deshea Townsend has not been associated with the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2010, he continues to own investment property in the Pittsburgh area. The properties in question were the subject of a lease agreement executed though a leasing agent. Mr. Townsend employs a rental agent to conduct his affairs regarding this property and in no way is associated with the activities that may have occurred [at] properties rented by him to others. He is not the target or a person of interest in any criminal investigation.”

Mr. Del Greco said neither he nor Mr. Townsend would have further comment.

Mr. Townsend, who is referred to in documents as Trevor Deshea Townsend, in 2006 bought a home on William Street in Mount Washington where agents with the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office in June said they arrested two “upper-level” drug dealers after they found about 1,500 bricks of heroin, $100,000 in cash, a live chicken and other items inside.

Court records showed Tuesday that the state attorney general’s office withdrew charges against Price Montgomery, 34, of Mount Washington, in connection with the drug case. Court records updated Wednesday showed prosecutors also withdrew the charges against his co-defendant James Perrin, 35.

Officials have not commented on the reasons for the withdrawal. Tina Crawford, a 34-year-old woman who was expected to meet with prosecutors about the case, was killed in a shooting at her Hill District home last week.

Attorney Paul Boas, who represents Montgomery, did not respond to requests for comment. Attorney Fred Rabner, who represented Perrin at a preliminary hearing, said he is no longer working on that case.

Mr. Boas and Mr. Rabner previously represented two men who were arrested at Mr. Townsend's property on Lenox Oval in Ross last year, according to court records.

Ross police wrote in a criminal complaint that they were called to the condominium for a report of a loose pit bull and thought they heard a thud and then a dog yelping in pain.

Police went inside the condo and said they later obtained a search warrant and found 30 bricks of heroin in a shopping bag and more than $7,000 in cash. They charged Glenn Thomas, 25, who was listed as living at the condo, and Damien Dennis, 36, of Carrick, who was on federal probation, with various drug charges. Thomas was also charged with cruelty to animals.

Charges in that case were withdrawn after defense attorneys asked a judge to suppress evidence in the case, saying police did not have sufficient probable cause to justify their search. Neither Thomas nor Dennis could be reached Wednesday.

Liz Navratil:, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil.


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