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Derry Borough traffic stop leads to heroin arrest

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Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, 6:24 p.m.

A 24-year-old New Kensington man was jailed Friday after Derry Borough Police discovered him with 60 stamp bags of heroin during a traffic stop.

Police Sgt. James Friscarella reported Cepeda “LA” Hobbs is charged with manufacture and possession of a controlled substance.

He was ordered held in the Westmoreland County Prison after failing to post $50,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing Nov. 6 before District Judge Mark Bilik.

Police said Hobbs was a passenger in a 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse that was clocked traveling 48 mph in a 25 mph zone at Holly and North Chestnut streets.

After the traffic stop, Friscarella reported the vehicle's driver, Tanner Edwards, and Hobbs consented to a search after police smelled a “strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle.”

Friscarella said Chief Randy Glick and K-9 officer, Blade, were summoned and Blade located a bag containing the heroin beneath the passenger seat.

Edwards, of Indiana, is not charged.

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