New Castle News

April 20, 2013

Car passenger arrested for heroin

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A passenger was arrested in a traffic stop for allegedly having suspected heroin.

New Castle police charged Deandre Lance Johnson Jr., 20, of Neshannock Village, with possession with intent to deliver and false identification to law enforcement.

They received a complaint around 5 p.m. Wednesday of a drug deal on the Lower East Side.

Police saw a car stopped on Pine Street surrounded by a group of men. The car then accelerated at a traffic light and turned without using a signal, and the officer pulled over the maroon Chevrolet Malibu on Croton Avenue.

Johnson, one of four occupants, gave police a false name and birth date. The driver gave police consent to search his car, and a drug dog led officers to a plastic bag containing 11 stamp bags of suspected heroin under the driver’s seat. Police also found a bag of suspected marijuana.

Johnson allegedly admitted to police the heroin belonged to him but said the marijuana did not. The police confiscated $231 from him.

The driver was told he would face charges relating to the suspected marijuana. He and the others were then released.

Johnson was arraigned by District Judge Jerry G. Cartwright Jr. and lodged in the Lawrence County jail on $25,000 bond.