Man, woman arrested in Harrison heroin bust
A drug investigation started in Harrison resulted in the arrests of two people early Tuesday for having more than 800 packets of heroin in Brackenridge.
Jose Antonio Molina, 31, and Anna Mazzetti, 30, both of 756 McKinley Ave., in the Harwick section of Springdale Township, were arrested by state attorney general drug agents and local police officers during a raid about 7:30 a.m.
Police said heroin generally sells across the Alle-Kiski Valley for about $10 for each packet, known on the streets as a stamp bag.
That puts the value of the haul at more than $8,000.
Brackenridge District Judge Carolyn Bengel ordered Molina, who is also known as Josea Molina-Delgado, sent to the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bond for multiple drug possession and delivery charges as well as conspiracy to sell drugs.
She ordered Mazzetti sent to the jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bond for alleged conspiracy to sell drugs and two other drug offenses. Molina and Mazzetti are scheduled to have their preliminary hearings next month.
Police said the investigation started in Harrison by Harrison police Detective Joseph Signorella.
He said they found 811 stamp bags inside the apartment, an undisclosed amount of money in several locations inside the apartment and about $900 at Mazzetti's father's house in Tarentum.
“They hit the jackpot this morning,” Harrison police Chief Mike Klein said of Tuesday's raid.
“The AGs told us this was a sizable and significant bust,” he said.
The alleged drug conspiracy was “moving large amounts of heroin throughout the Valley on a weekly basis,” Klein said. The chief declined to give details of the drug operation.
Klein said that during the raid, Harrison, Tarentum, Brackenridge and Vandergrift officers assisted state agents in an entry team that wore black body armor and carried military-style rifles. Klein said no one resisted.
According to an affidavit, the heroin packets are blue with a Mickey Mouse imprint. Police said Molina recently lived at Franklin Road, Pittsburgh but before that he had lived a number of years in Harwick.On Nov. 2, 2007, he started to serve a state prison sentence of three to six years for aggravated assault with serious bodily injury and burglary in another Allegheny County case. He was sent to the Alle-Kiski Pavilion halfway house in Arnold in March 2010 and was paroled from there about 13 months ago.
On April 12, 2012 Molina was sent back to state prison for a parole violation. He was again paroled to the halfway house on March 18.
State records show that in 2005 he was sentenced to six months of probation for selling drugs in New Ken-sington.
In March, Mazzetti waived to court three Arnold drug charges. She was scheduled to go to trial on that case on Wednesday at the Westmoreland County Court House in Greensburg.
On April 21, Pittsburgh police charged Mazzetti with selling drugs in the city.
No one could say if the arrests are connected to recent arrests elsewhere by state drug agents.
Attorney General's spokesman Dennis Fisher, in Harrisburg, said he couldn't comment about the arrests or say if the arrests are linked to others.Last week, agents filed additional drugs and weapons charges against Michael T. “Magic” Scott, 37, of 1610 Fourth Ave., Arnold, formerly of Cleveland.
When he was arrested last month, Scott was accused of possessing about 100 packets of heroin, about a quarter-ounce of cocaine, a digital scale, drug-packaging materials and two pistols at his residence.
Since then, he is also accused of delivering almost 3 ounces of cocaine to informants between last Nov. 7 and Feb. 22.
He is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Thursday in New Kensington.
Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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