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N. Charleroi man charged in alleged heroin case

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 1:26 a.m.

A North Charleroi man was arrested after police allegedly found three bricks of suspected heroin inside a body cavity during a traffic stop Monday in Charleroi.

Calvin Kovalchuk, 24, of 465 Fourth St. is charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, Charleroi Regional Police reported.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed with Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins in Charleroi, police stopped a vehicle driven by John Gudel in the 1200 block of Lincoln Avenue shortly before 6 p.m.

Police said they knew Gudel's driver's license had been suspended.

Kovalchuk was a passenger in the vehicle, and upon being searched was allegedly found to have 171 stamp bags – equivalent to a little more than three bricks – of suspected heroin in his rectum. Police said they found $920 in cash in Kovalchuk's pants pocket.

Kovalchuk was placed in the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 cash bond.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled 11 a.m. April 16 before Hopkins.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or

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