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June 25, 2013

State troopers seize $300,000 in heroin on turnpike

STONYCREEK TOWNSHIP — State police found more than $300,000 worth of heroin during a traffic stop along the turnpike Saturday.

Around 6:30 p.m., Kiesha Lenmarie McCoy, 43, and Anthony Andre Lucas, 42, both of Pittsburgh, were traveling west near mile marker 119 when State Trooper Michael Volk stopped them for traffic violations.

McCoy, the driver, was going to be cited for changing lanes in prohibited areas and following too closely — until Volk searched the car. Inside the white Toyota Camry — which, according to police, was rented — police found roughly 340 bricks of heroin, or 17,000 individual stamp bags.

Both were arraigned around 10 p.m. Saturday night before District Judge Douglas Bell on charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin. They were committed to the Somerset County Jail in lieu of bond.

Bails were set at $50,000 and, according to court dockets, both were unable to post them.

Both are scheduled for preliminary hearings Tuesday, July 2 at 2 p.m. before District Judge Kenneth Johnson.

At least two other high-profile drug busts have been made by state troopers during routine traffic stops.

In August 2009, Deshawn Ulmer, also of Pittsburgh, entered the Allegheny Tunnel without headlights and was stopped. In April of this year, Warren Charles Green IV, of Pittsburgh was stopped for a speed violation.

Searches of both vehicles each turned up approximately $1 million worth of heroin.

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