Vandergrift pair arrested on drug charges

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Thursday, July 22, 2010

Leechburg police arrested two Vandergrift men after finding 99 packets of heroin in their car during a traffic stop Wednesday.

Arrested were the driver, Stephen Mark Stedrak, 25, of Longfellow Street, and a passenger, Robert Aaron Wolfe, 29, of Franklin Avenue.

According to arrest papers, officers stopped the car after Stedrake was seen turning right from the IGA parking lot onto Route 66 without using a turn signal. The left rear taillight of the car was broken, police said.

An officer said he knew Stedrak's drivers license had been suspended and that there was a warrant for his arrest because he had not paid a fine for running a traffic light Jan. 22.

Because Stedrak could not drive the car away, police checked Wolfe's license and found his also was suspended.

Stedrak told police a knife was in a cup holder in the center console of the vehicle. Police say an officer grabbed the cup holder to remove the knife, revealing a plastic bag containing several bundles of heroin.

The bag contained 99 packets marked "Grease Gurilla," separated into 10 bundles.

The heroin could have a street value of as much as $1,500.

A small bag of marijuana was found next to the heroin, according to police.

Police frisked Wolfe and allegedly found a quantity of crack cocaine greater than for personal use in a cigarette box in his pants pocket, along with a syringe.

Stedrak was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to deliver, related drug charges, driving with a suspended license and traffic offenses.

Wolfe was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and a related charged.

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