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Troopers find 37 bricks of suspected heroin at North Belle Vernon home; 2 arrested

Paul Peirce
| Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, 11:21 a.m.
Quinton Martin of North Belle Vernon is charged with drug offenses.
Quinton Martin of North Belle Vernon is charged with drug offenses.
Herbert Green of Charleroi is charged with drug offenses.
Herbert Green of Charleroi is charged with drug offenses.

Acting on information obtained in a Mon Valley drug investigation, state police this week found 37 bricks of heroin, cocaine and marijuana after searching a North Belle Vernon man's home and vehicle, according to court documents.

Troopers arrested Quinton A. Martin, 31, after the raid at his home in the 100 block of Grant Street. He is charged by state police in Washington with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana and three counts engaging in a criminal conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Duty District Judge Charles Moore in East Huntingdon ordered Martin held in the Westmoreland County Prison after he failed to post $250,000 bail pending a preliminary hearing.

Troopers also arrested Herbert R. Green, 53, of Charleroi in connection with the ongoing investigation. He was arraigned before Charleroi District Judge Larry Hopkins and ordered held in the Washington County Jail after failing to post $25,000 bond, according to online dockets.

Troopers from the Washington barracks, Belle Vernon and its Special Emergency Response Team had information that Martin had a large amount of a controlled substance, according to court documents.

Trooper Jeffrey Tihey reported police early Tuesday obtained a search warrant for Martin's home from West­more­land County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Feliciani.

Police detained Martin in a downstairs bedroom after 6 a.m., along with a woman and three young children, while the search was conducted, Tihey reported. Police confiscated a small bag containing suspected heroin, $906, a metal marijuana grinder and keys to Martin's 2006 Acura sport-utility vehicle, Tihey said.

At 9 a.m., police obtained a second search warrant for the SUV from District Judge Charles Christner of Ros­traver and confiscated what is believed to be 37 bricks of heroin, 15 grams of cocaine and 40 grams of marijuana along with a digital scale and $2,688, Tihey wrote.

The suspected drugs will be tested at the State Police Greensburg Regional laboratory.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2860, ppeirce@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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