North Huntingdon police arrest suspected heroin dealer following sting

| Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

A Turtle Creek man is accused of selling heroin in a North Huntingdon convenience store's parking lot on Route 30.

Township police recently charged Braden James Williams Jr., 23, with two counts each of possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance.

Williams' lawyer, Angela Rene Carisa, could not be reached for comment.

Investigators with the state Attorney General's Westmoreland County Drug Task Force, which included officers from the township, used an informant to buy a “brick” containing 50 packets of the heroin for $300 on Nov. 26 in the parking lot of a Sheetz convenience store along Route 30, according to a criminal complaint filed to support the charges.

The street value of the drugs was between $750 and $1,000, according to authorities.

Williams is accused of trying to sell heroin at the same spot March 21. The street value of the second batch of drugs was between $3,000 and $4,000, authorities said.

North Huntingdon police and the Attorney General's office did not comment.

A preliminary hearing was delayed until June 18. Williams was in the Westmoreland County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond.

Tony LaRussa is a Trib Total Media staff writer.

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