Judge refuses to delay Tarentum man's trial on drug and gun charges
A Tarentum man has been ordered to stand trial for drug and gun charges in a large-scale heroin conspiracy.
After a hearing on Wednesday, Jose Molina-Delgado, 32, of 217 W. Seventh Ave. was returned to the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of bond.
Police raided his residence and car on Feb. 14 and reportedly found nearly 2,700 heroin packets, cocaine, two pistols, more than $8,600 in cash and close to $500 in counterfeit money.
In searching the car, police uncovered most of the heroin — 2,500 packets — stamped “Pappy” in blue with a red “OK” inside a circle.
Police discovered that the older-model Chevrolet Monte Carlo had been rigged with magnets that electrically control hidden compartments.
Authorities say Molina-Delgado fled to New York and then Puerto Rico. He was extradited in mid-April and sent to the Allegheny County Jail to await a preliminary hearing.
His hearing was delayed in May and June at the request of defense attorneys, and one attorney on Wednesday asked District Judge Carolyn Bengel for another delay. Bengel refused, saying that five witnesses were waiting to testify.
Tarentum Detective Mark Glogowski was the only person to testify.
He testified about the drugs and guns found during the raid.
According to the detective, Molina-Delgado identified two of the sellers as Gustave Cramer Jr. and Courtney Garrirtano, 27, who share his address.
Both face drug charges in Allegheny County Court. On Wednesday, defense attorney Chris Urbano asked whether police found a lease to show that Molina-Delgado was staying in the apartment.Glogowski replied that he found a letter from a county jail inmate addressed to Molina-Delgado at the West Seventh Avenue address.
Bengel rejected Urbano's request to dismiss drug paraphernalia and conspiracy charges on claims there wasn't sufficient evidence and held all charges for court.
Molina-Delgado is to stand trial on seven drug possession and sales charges, conspiracy, receiving stolen property and two gun possession charges.
Molina-Delgado isn't allowed to have guns because in 2007, he was convicted in Allegheny County of burglary and aggravated assault with serious bodily injury.
When the February incident occurred, Molina-Delgado 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.
He has since been convicted in that case.
He was sentenced to three to six years in state prison. In March 2010, he was sent to the Alle-Kiski Pavilion halfway house in Arnold to complete his sentence and was paroled from there about 13 months ago. But in April 2012, Molina-Delgado was sent back to prison for a parole violation. He was again paroled to the halfway house March 18.
Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Harrison man held in jail on molestation charges
- CNG station approved for Harmar
- New Kensington-Arnold School Board reviews facilities use policy
- Cheswick super fan, 90, has had season tickets for almost 70 years
- Surveillance footage leads to arrest of 2 for Allegheny Township robbery
- Congressman Rothfus visits Kistaco Farm in Kiski Township
- Second-graders at Fawn Elementary School hold forth on origin, meaning of Thanksgiving
- West Deer CCD class learns lesson in helping those less fortunate
- Indiana Township bridge over the Pa. Turnpike to reopen Wednesday
- Deer Lakes School Board gives $10,000 raise to new Superintendent Logue-Belden