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Friday, June 20, 2014, 1:16 a.m.
 

A former part-time Armstrong County prison guard is charged with having almost five bricks of heroin in a car stopped for speeding in Vandergrift, police said.

Patrolman Bill Moore said former guard Amanda Crusan, 28, and Jeremy Ogrosky, 33, both of 14 N. Fourth St., Clairton, are charged with possessing and selling drugs.

Moore said police found 230 heroin packets in a black sock. Crusan allegedly hid five stamp bags on her person.

Moore, who works with the state Attorney General's drug task force, said he pulled the car over for driving 45 mph in a 25 mph zone along Hancock Avenue just before 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Police said Crusan's two children, ages 5 and 8, were inside the car.

Moore said they were turned over to Crusan's ex-husband.

Police Chief Joseph Caporali said the arrest was one of the largest heroin busts in Vandergrift.

Moore said 235 heroin packets have a street value of about $2,350.

Armstrong County Jail Warden David Hogue said Crusan worked at the jail for about a year but hasn't been there for about two years. He said she left to take another job.

In January, Crusan pleaded guilty to driving without a license in Penn Hills and a retail theft charge in Kiski Township.

In 2007, an Allegheny County judge sentenced Ogrosky to serve 5 to 10 years for robbery in Penn Hills.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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