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A Lawrenceville man faces a preliminary hearing Feb. 27 after McKeesport police said they found 451 stamp bags of suspected heroin in his possession during a traffic stop.
Jason R. Galley, 41, also faces unrelated narcotics charges in Wilkins Twp. and the city of Pittsburgh, according to court records. He is being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of bond on the Pittsburgh charges, court officials said.
A stamp bag of heroin typically contains around 1/10th of a gram of heroin.
McKeesport police said officers on patrol just before 11 p.m. Dec. 2 saw a dark-colored SUV driving the wrong way on Sumac Street. They followed the vehicle and stopped it near the intersection of Versailles and Patterson avenues, police said.
According to an incident report, McKeesport police questioned the driver and two passengers and after checking their identification learned that one of the passengers, Galley, was wanted by Wilkins Twp. police. That warrant was issued in connection with an incident Nov. 7, according to court records.
When police searched the three people in the vehicle, they found a large red bag containing what appeared to be drugs in Galley's waistband, according to the report.
Police placed Galley under arrest, according to the report, but as they attemped to take him into custody, he fought with officers and then attempted to flee, but was restrained.
The bag in Galley's waistband contained the suspected heroin, police said, while another plastic bag that Galley dropped under his seat contained suspected crack cocaine.
Galley was charged by McKeesport police with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The driver, Dominick Ily, 58, of Wilmerding was charged with possession of a controlled substance and driving with a suspended license. Ily is free pending a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 23 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene F. Riazzi Jr.
The third passenger, a juvenile, was released to the custody of his mother, police said.
Originally published December 29, 2016.