Suspected dealer arrested at home
Eagle Staff Writer
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August 5, 2017

JACKSON TWP — A 52-year-old township man whom police described as a major cocaine dealer in Butler County was arrested Wednesday at his home, authorities said.

Alfred L. Nannini’s arrest about 1:30 p.m. came after 13 undercover narcotics officers with the state police Southwest Strike Force led a raid of his house on Metcalf Road.

Along with six ounces of suspected cocaine, police seized seven firearms, currency and drug paraphernalia, according to court documents.

Nannini was placed in the Butler County Prison but was released Thursday afternoon after posting $200,000 bail. He is charged with felony drug possession.

Investigators said the defendant has been under surveillance “for some time” for alleged cocaine trafficking at his home.

During the investigation, police conducted controlled drug buys at the home using undercover officers and informants. Those buys helped lead to an out-of-county common pleas court judge’s sealed search warrant Wednesday.

Barely an hour later, three Jackson Township police officers and a drug detection dog assisted the Strike Force in serving the warrant.

Police, who were concerned about the guns they believed were in the home, used a ruse to get Nannini to come out of the house, where he lives alone.

The home — inside and out — is wired with a video surveillance system.

Authorities said the investigation continues.

Nannini’s preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 15 at the office of District Judge Wayne Seibel in Evans City.

He could not be reached for comment Thursday.