Hard Drugs, Ghost Guns, Body Armor, Gas Masks Seized in West Chester Drug Bust

Steven ReaneySteven Reaney (Image via West Chester Borough Police Department)

WEST CHESTER, PA — The West Chester Borough Police Department announced the arrest of Steven Reaney, age 30 of West Chester, on drug trafficking and firearm charges.

Authorities state that in late August 2021, West Chester Borough Police Criminal Investigations Division began an investigation into the sale of controlled substances, mainly methamphetamine, from Steven Reaney, living in an apartment on the 200 block of North Everhart Street. As a result of this investigation, a search warrant was obtained for Reaney’s apartment. Investigators learned that Reaney threatened to shoot at Police if they ever attempted to take him into custody and he had fortified his apartment to prevent Police from entering. The West Chester Regional Emergency Response Team was requested to serve the search warrant and take Reaney into custody. Reaney was successfully taken into custody on September 21, 2021 at his apartment.

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seized guns and drugs

As a result of this search warrant, investigators seized a polymer 80 rifle and handgun (commonly referred to as ghost guns) a Winchester 870 shotgun, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Investigators also seized body armor with a shotgun holster, two gas masks, over $1500 in cash, electronic scales, heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana. Reaney has prior felony convictions to include criminal conspiracy for manufacturing a controlled substance, which makes it illegal for him to own or be in possession of a firearm.

Reaney was charged with the following offenses:

  • Unlawful Possession of Arms and Ammunition and related Firearm Charges
  • Delivery of a Controlled Substance
  • Criminal Use of a Communication Facility
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Reaney was transported to Chester County Prison, a preliminary hearing is pending at District Court 15-1-01.

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Information is subject to change at any time. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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