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Greensburg man admits hurling heroin from window

| Friday, July 19, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A Greensburg man admitted to throwing an eyeglass case containing heroin out an apartment window after police arrived at his door in March, an officer testified Thursday.

Travis Sturchio, 20, was held for trial on charges of possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia by Greensburg District Judge James Albert.

Sturchio confessed to tossing the heroin out of his former Hawksworth Garden apartment after telling officers he wanted to cooperate, Greensburg Patrolman Shawn Denning testified.

“He showed me the general area where he had thrown the eyeglass case and suspected heroin,” Denning added.

The case contained 100 packets, or two bricks of heroin, worth up to $2,000 in the Greensburg area, police said. The bags were stamped, “Trap God,” Denning said.

The amount of heroin indicated Sturchio was selling the drug, the officer said.

“With 100 bags and the way they were rubberbanded together ... they were packaged for sale,” Denning said.

Police went to Sturchio's apartment on March 5 based on information from a confidential informant, Denning said.

Sturchio faces charges stemming from a police stop March 28, also by Greensburg police.

At that time, police said they found 127 stamp bags of heroin, a stolen handgun and $249.

Earlier that night, authorities put Sturchio under surveillance when they learned about a Jeannette woman's overdose and identified him as a suspect. The woman survived.

Police found an additional $870 in Sturchio's apartment when they arrested him in late March.

Sturchio was prohibited from having the weapon because he had been adjudicated delinquent as a juvenile on a felony burglary charge, police said.

Sturchio remains in the county prison on $75,000 bond.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com

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