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February 8, 2014

Search of houses yields heroin, guns

NEW CASTLE — A police search of three houses yielded 108 grams of heroin, three guns and 64 grams of marijuana.

District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa said the total street value of the drugs is estimated at $20,000.

Some pills, 10 suboxone strips, scales and packaging material also were part of the haul police found while serving sealed search warrants at two houses in the city and at a third undisclosed location, he said.

Two dozen officers who are members of the District Attorney’s Special Investigative Unit, the New Castle Police Department, its special entry team and the Neshannock Township police force split into groups and entered all three houses around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Lamancusa said.

The search of a house at 743 Croton Ave. yielded the heroin, a loaded gun, about $2,000, pills, scales, the packaging equipment and the marijuana, which had been separated into individual bags, he said.

“That house was the processing house.” He explained all three locations were connected as part of an ongoing drug investigation.

An apartment on the third floor of the Croton Avenue house had a room where two chairs were at each end of a long table, where the drug processing items were set up in an assembly line, Lamancusa said.

That was where the heroin was found, 80 grams of which were pure and uncut and 28 grams that had been broken down into individual stamp bags, he said. The marijuana also was there, along with packaging materials.

“Obviously, we hit them before they finished the job,” he said.

One warrant was served at 230 Crawford Ave., where a loaded gun, $3,000 and drug paraphernalia were found, Lamancusa said.

The police also confiscated a loaded gun, drug paraphernalia and about $3,000 worth of jewelry in the third house, Lamancusa said.

No arrests were made Thursday night, he said, but charges will be filed against people involved, and the investigation is ongoing.

The three searches resulted from narcotics investigations and the use of confidential informants, Lamancusa said. He added the raids were connected to the recent arrest of William Fuller, 43, of 721 E. Main St., whom New Castle police and the drug task force allegedly found with 102 grams — $18,000 worth — of uncut heroin when he was pulled over in his car Jan. 12.

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