Charleroi raid nets drugs, guns & cash
A drug bust in Charleroi Tuesday afternoon rounded up more than 50 stamp bags of suspected heroin, four guns and the arrest of a mid-level dealer, according to the Washington County District Attorney's Drug Task Force.
Juan Ricardo Rosado, 44, of 837 Prospect Ave., was arrested and charged with two counts of felony manufacture or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, four misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Executing a search warrant 12:30 p.m. at the residence, the task force detectives, state police and officers from Charleroi Regional and RESA police, confiscated 54 stamp bags of heroin along with bags of marijuana, according to the police criminal complaint.
Detectives then located four firearms near the controlled substances along with packaging material and scales used for distribution, the affidavit said.
Detectives also located composition notebooks detailing drug transactions.
Task Force director Rick Gluth said the guns included a semi-automatic pistol and a muzzle-load pistol.
Police also confiscated cash, although it was “not a significant amount … a few hundred,” Gluth said.
Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone said Rosado owns the house and has been a Charleroi resident for at least five years.
He surrendered peacefully, Gluth said.
“I would say mid-to-lower-mid-level guy,” Gluth said. “Charleroi (police) were instrumental in this investigation, so it's been going on a couple months.”
Rosado was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins and sent to the Washington County Correctional Facility when he was unable to post $100,000 bond.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled 9 a.m. April 1 in front of Hopkins.
“You get information on somebody and, as you focus more, you develop more information on them,” Gluth said of Rosado. “It was just a great effort of cooperation between the state, the county and Charleroi Borough.”
Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-684-2635.
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