Monongahela police confiscate suspected heroin and crack

April 28, 2014
Money and drugs seized Saturday following a traffic stop involving a Clairton man in Monongahela - Photo provided by Monongahela police

A traffic stop by Monongahela police Saturday morning ended with the confiscation of 100 stamp bags of suspected heroin, an additional one-half gram of the drug, marijuana and five grams of crack.

Christopher William Miles, 21, of Clairton, was stopped about 11 a.m. by Officer William Fusco, who was monitoring traffic on East Main Street at Poplar Street. Miles initially was pulled over for having a large crack in the windshield of the truck he was driving.

“He could smell a strong odor (of marijuana) when he approached the truck,” Chief Brian Tempest said of the officer. “Inside the console, the officer spotted 12 Suboxone tablets in an unmarked prescription bottle. There was also a bag of suspected marijuana.”

Tempest said Fusco also found the 100 stamp bags of suspected heroin, wrapped in bundles of 10, along with the heroin that had not yet been packaged and the suspected crack. Miles had $500 in his pocket, according to police.

Tempest said Miles was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck registered to a Carroll Township resident. The owner, who was not identified, told police he rented his truck out to another person. The chief said the department is working with the Washington County district attorney’s office to start forfeiture proceedings on the truck and the cash.

“Officer Fusco was very observant,” Tempest said. “You just never know what you are going to find during a routine traffic stop.”

Police learned Miles was wanted on an Allegheny County probation detainer. He was placed in Allegheny County jail on the detainer. He will be arraigned later before District Judge Mark Wilson on five counts of possession and possession with intent to deliver heroin and crack, five counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as driving with a suspended license and improper replacement of glass.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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