Four people from Allegheny County were arrested on drug charges and 127 stamp bags of heroin were confiscated in Greensburg last week.
City police Officer Henry Fontana responded to a call about four suspicious people repeatedly getting in and out of a gray Nissan Altima at 3:50 p.m. Friday on Madison Avenue.
He pulled up behind the car, which was occupied by Nataya Blessity, 19, of North Versailles; Carlos Van Smith II, 19, of Pittsburgh; Damian Igles, 18, of North Versailles; and Anthony Thompson Jr., 20, of Swissvale.
Fontana approached an open passenger window and asked what the four were doing, but none responded, the officer said.
When he knocked on the driver’s side window, he noticed Igles in the back of the car attempting to tuck a handful of stamp bags under his leg, police said.
Fontana then drew his gun and ordered the four people out of the car as other Greensburg officers arrived on the scene.
Officers found 63 bags of heroin stamped “Focus,” 40 stamped “Hand Stamped For You,” 23 stamped “Impact” and one stamped “Cowboy.” They found a small amount of marijuana and seven Xanax pills.
On five cellphones, officers found texts that indicated the four suspects were arranging drug deals, police said.
Madison Avenue and the surrounding area had been a center for illegal drug activity in Greensburg for a few years, according to police Capt. Chad Zucco.
“We’ve kind of controlled it for the most part, but you always have stragglers,” he said.
All four suspects were charged with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Van Smith, Igles and Thompson were charged with criminal use of a communication facility. Igles and Van Smith were charged with possession of marijuana, and Blessity was charged with driving without a license.
Thompson and Igles are in Westmoreland County Jail on $5,000 cash bail. Blessity and Van Carlos posted a bail bond and were released. All four are scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing Aug. 6 before District Judge James Albert.
Jacob Tierney is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6646 or [email protected].