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Heroin falls from driver’s shorts in Tarentum traffic stop

Chuck Biedka
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Two men face drug and other charges after police said they pulled over a car in which the men were riding Monday along Route 28 in Tarentum and found heroin and crack cocaine.

The northbound car driven by Brad E. Waldbaum, 41, of McKeesport, had been tailgating the vehicle in front of it when police initiated a traffic stop near the highway’s Tarentum exit around 8:15 p.m., according to criminal complaints filed in the case.

Waldbaum took an “inordinate amount of time to pull over” before stopping at the bottom of the Tarentum exit ramp, the complaint said.

When police asked Waldbaum to get out of the car, they said a bundle of heroin fell out of his shorts.

The criminal complaints said police found 147 bags of heroin and two bags of crack cocaine during the traffic stop, and Waldbaum told police that he was under the influence of drugs.

Police said Waldbaum told them he had conspired with the passenger, Michael John Guerrini, 44, of New Kensington, to get the drugs. Waldbaum said he agreed to drive to Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood if Guerrini arranged a deal to buy 80 bags of heroin for $640.

Waldbaum and Guerrini were charged with conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver illegal drugs and possession of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia. Waldbaum also was charged driving under the influence of drugs and a traffic offense.

The men are scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday in front of District Judge Carolyn Bengel in Brackenridge.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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