Armstrong County drug bust lands 'significant amount of heroin'

Renatta Signorini
| Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010

Officers confiscated 200 stamp bags of heroin Saturday in what District Attorney Scott Andreassi said was one of the biggest drug busts in terms of drug confiscation in the county.

Jamie Michael Kluciar, 35, of 1703 Fifth Ave., Apt. C, was arrested for allegedly possessing the drugs. Kluciar had been on the radar of officers and was suspected of transporting drugs from Pittsburgh, Andreassi said.

Kluciar was jailed Saturday on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, delivery of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Armstrong County Jail records. He is being held on $25,000 bond.

"Two hundred stamp bags of heroin is a significant amount of heroin," Andreassi said. "That's not someone who's just using, that's someone who's dealing as well."

According to a criminal affidavit, Kluciar was arrested in the area of Garretts Run Road and Coal Street in Manor Township, after leaving a Bishop Hill Road residence. Arresting officers allegedly found the stamp bags of heroin and a clear plastic bag containing what was suspected to be cocaine in the front area of the suspect's underwear, the affidavit said.

The apartment building where Kluciar lives has been identified as a "significant drug area," Andreassi said.

People in the area have been a help to officers by reporting suspicious activity, such as vehicles stopping at a residence for a short period of time, he said. Other indicators of potential drug dealing is seeing unusual faces or people coming to "visit" on weekends, he said.

Andreassi commended the officers involved.

"These guys go in expecting the worst," he said.

Kluciar is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on an unrelated drug paraphernalia possession charge on Jan. 26.

Officers from Kittanning, Freeport, Ford City and the District Attorney's office participated in the arrest, operating under the Armstrong County Narcotics Enforcement Team. At least three more arrests are expected.

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