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2 Arrested In North Side Drug Bust

Left: Nicholas Smith. Right: James Snyder (Photo Credit: City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police)

Left: Nicholas Smith. Right: James Snyder (Photo Credit: City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police)

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Two people were arrested as part of a drug bust Friday afternoon on the North Side.

According to police, officers observed what they believed to be a drug deal near the intersection of Rhine Street and Haslage Avenue around 4 p.m.

Officers noticed a man get out of a Chevrolet Cobalt, walk toward a Ford Explorer and get in the back seat.

Shortly after, the man exited the vehicle and walked back to his car.

At that time, officers conducted a traffic stop with the Explorer. Officers noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle and had both men inside get out.

A search of the vehicle uncovered several bags of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

One of the men, James Snyder, 22, of the North Side, had additional drugs in a home where he lived with his grandmother.

A search of the home uncovered more bags of marijuana, two guns, three boxes of ammunition and $525 in cash.

Snyder was taken to the Allegheny County Jail and is facing a list of charges including possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver and firearms violations.

The other man in the Explorer has been identified as 21-year-old Nicholas Smith. Smith was also taken to the Allegheny County Jail and is facing possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver charges.

The man in the Cobalt has been identified as Shawn Ferraccio, 38, of Apollo. He is facing a summons for possession of a small amount of marijuana.

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