New Castle News


August 6, 2013

Police: Man in pursuit had raw heroin

NEW CASTLE — New Castle police allege Bryan Alston was carrying about 15 grams of raw heroin during a pursuit.

Police arrested Alston, 30, of 209 Boyles Ave. after his Jeep crashed into the back of a sport utility vehicle in Shenango Township, just before midnight Friday.

Alston allegedly had led police on the chase on East Washington Street with an infant strapped into a child’s seat in his back seat.

He also allegedly threw a loaded semiautomatic handgun out of the car window, which an officer ran over with his vehicle.

Police said Alston had $48 in the car along with a golf ball-sized clear plastic bag of brown substance.

Police later identified the substance as suspected pure, raw heroin, and they confiscated $1,551 from his pants pocket. They also found another bag of the brown substance between the seat cushions of the cruiser where Alston had been sitting.

Police chief Bobby Salem said Monday that altogether, the suspected heroin weighed more than 15 grams and has a street value of $1,500 to $1,600, or $1,000 per gram.

Alston is in the Lawrence County jail on $250,000 bond.

He faces 63 total charges from the incident, 32 of which are felonies.

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