Greensburg man in overdose case charged in another drug crime
A Greensburg man linked by police to a Jeannette woman's overdose last week has been charged with more drug crimes.
Travis Tyler Sturchio, 19, of North Main Street has been charged with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance; possession of a controlled substance; and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Greensburg police said they charged Sturchio this week after visiting his Hawksworth Garden Apartment in early March and in light of his arrest last week.
On March 29, Greensburg police stopped a vehicle holding Sturchio, his girlfriend and a 3-year-old child on Grant Street. Police found 2 1⁄2 bricks of heroin in an eyeglass case, a stolen .38-caliber handgun and $1,119, according to court documents.
The Jeannette woman, who survived the overdose, said she obtained the drug from a person she knows as “Trizzel.” Sturchio is known by that nickname, police said.
A brick consists of 50 stamp bags and would be worth at least $500 in the Greensburg area — or $10 to $20 per stamp bag, investigators said.
In the latest case, police said that on March 5 they found two bricks of suspected heroin in an eyeglass case outside Sturchio's apartment.
He directed police to the eyeglass case in a wooded area, where he said he threw it through an open bedroom window, authorities said.
Investigators said they discovered 100 stamp bags of suspected heroin — or two bricks — in the case. The bags were stamped with the words “Trap God.”
Police went to the apartment after a confidential informant said he was there several times and knew that Sturchio kept heroin in the eyeglass case.
Inside the apartment before finding the eyeglass case, police discovered a black male standing beside a bed and Sturchio “hiding under blankets,” according to an affidavit.
Police told Sturchio that they had been told he sells heroin. They spotted a hollowed cigar, called a blunt, with suspected marijuana on a table in the living room, the affidavit states.
“Travis became extremely nervous and began to visibly shake,” the affidavit states.
Sturchio, who was unable to post $150,000 bail set in both cases, faces a preliminary hearing on April 18 before Greensburg District Judge James Albert.
Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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