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Police say Springdale man sold 1,000 packets of heroin per week

Friday, March 14, 2014, 1:36 a.m.

Police are alleging a man arrested this week has been selling more than 1,000 packets of heroin each week in Springdale, Springdale Township, Cheswick and Harmar.

Jesse Ray Sheperd, 25, of the 500 block of Standard Avenue, Springdale, was arrested on Tuesday after an officer saw him getting heroin from a man at a Swissvale-area store, Springdale Township police Chief Mike Naviglia said.

According to an affidavit, Sheperd was followed from Springdale to the store and then to the Hazlet Trailer Court, off Pearl Avenue in Springdale, police said.

Naviglia said Sheperd was selling heroin to 50 or so addicts in the four Lower Valley communities.

“He was selling four bricks — 200 stamp bags — almost every day,” he said, referring to the name addicts use for heroin packets.

Naviglia and some other Alle-Kiski Valley officers are part of the Allegheny County district attorney's narcotics enforcement team.

Sheperd is charged with having and selling heroin, and criminal use of a telephone in a conspiracy to obtain and sell heroin.Sheperd was sent to Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail, pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 24 by District Judge David Sosovicka.

He was still in jail on Thursday.

A district attorney's spokesman said no tallies were available Thursday for the number of arrests made by the county's drug team thus far this year.Harmar police Chief Jason Domeratz said Sheperd and some others had just moved into the area.

“I'm not familiar with him,” he said.

Springdale Borough police Chief Julio F. Medeiros III welcomed the arrest.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or



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