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Accused heroin dealer brought back from Puerto Rico to face drug charges in Tarentum

| Thursday, May 29, 2014, 1:01 a.m.
Allegheny County Jail
Jose Molina Delgado

An accused heroin dealer has been brought back from Puerto Rico to face charges in Tarentum.

Jose Antonio Molina-Delgado, 32, whose last address in the Alle-Kiski Valley was on West Seventh Avenue, was found in Puerto Rico in April and was arraigned on Saturday. A preliminary hearing is slated for Wednesday in Brackenridge. He is facing seven drug charges, conspiracy and illegally having handguns because of prior convictions.

When Molina-Delgado fled police in February, he was scheduled to stand trial for allegedly having 800 heroin packets in Brackenridge in May 2013. He was staying at a Harwick address at that time.

Molina-Delgado has been eluding police since Feb. 14, when police said they found 180 heroin packets, cocaine, a stolen pistol, more than $8,600 in cash, plus almost $500 more in counterfeit money.

In a car Molina-Delgado was using, police say they found 2,500 heroin packets and another stolen pistol. The items were in hidden, electrically-controlled compartments.

To open the compartments, a magnet is first placed under the brake pedal. The ignition is then turned on and a small magnet is placed under the fog light switch, police said.

A police dog tipped police off to drugs in the compartments, but police couldn't find the suspect, who has a criminal history.

On Nov. 2, 2007, Molina-Delgado 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-Delgado was sent back to state prison for a parole violation. He was again paroled to the halfway house last March 18.

State records show that in 2005, he was sentenced to six months of probation for selling drugs in New Kensington.

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

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