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Pa. police academy recruit arrested with 11 pounds of marijuana

Investigators said they discovered the drugs at the mobile home of Brandon Geiger, 26, along with five cell phones, 20 bars of silver and over $15,000 in cash.

A recruit set to begin training at a Montgomery County police academy today was instead jailed after authorities allegedly found 11 pounds of pot and over $15,000 during a raid of his mobile home early yesterday morning, The Reading Eagle reported.

Brandon Geiger, 26, allegedly refused to answer the front door of his Longswamp Township trailer around 6:30 a.m. after a knock from an officer with the Berks County SWAT, which is staffed by several local police departments.

As the team forced the entrance open, Geiger ran out a side door with a large dog food bag and a backpack, the paper reported. After a detective took him into custody, investigators allegedly found eight pounds of marijuana in the dog food bag and three pounds of the stuff – along with drug packaging materials – in the backpack.

A subsequent search of the man's trailer turned up a .45-caliber handgun, a bulletproof vest, five cell phones, $15,302 in cash – $902 of which was in a wallet on the kitchen counter, 19 silver dollar coins and 20 one-ounce bars of silver kept in a
bathroom safe, according to the paper.

Geiger is charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and drug paraphernalia offenses. He was jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail after an arraignment in Reading Central Court during which he told the judge he recently left his job as a landscaper to prepare for his entrance into the police academy, according to the paper.

A woman and two children in the trailer's living room at the time of the bust were reportedly unharmed.

Authorities told the Reading-Eagle that prior to the raid, detectives with the Berks County Drug Task Force conducted an investigation revealing that Geiger carried a gun, so once they obtained a
search warrant, they enlisted the help of SWAT to take him into custody.