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Man tossed away bags of heroin as police chased him



Desmond Johnson has had his hearing continued. It will take place in 60 days time.

Brandon Mastarone has waived all charges to court. No date yet on when he will be in court next.




A preliminary hearing is scheduled today for an Allegheny County man on drug trafficking charges.  25-year-old Desmond Johnson of Homestead was arrested April 28th by Indiana Borough police who broke up a drug deal as it was going down at South 6th Street and Willow Avenue.


Police were tipped off that drug activity was going on in the area and were watching from an unmarked car as Johnson exited a house and met a man for an apparent drug transaction.  As officers approached, Johnson fled on foot, tossing away about twenty bags of suspected heroin.  Johnson had $390 cash and three cellphones on him when he was taken into custody on Clark Avenue. 


A woman living at the house at 550 South 6th Street told police Johnson had been dealing heroin for several days and had a rifle. Johnson, with felony convictions in several counties, is prohibited from having a weapon. His hearing is before District Judge Guy Haberl at 1 PM on three felony counts: possession with intent to deliver, criminal use of a communication facility, and prohibited possession of a firearm, plus a misdemeanor possession charge.


Also today, Judge Haberl will hold a hearing at 10:30 AM for 23-year-old Brandon Mastarone of Creekside on felony charges of solicitation of possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communication facility, plus misdemeanor attempted possession.  He was arrested the same day as Desmond Johnson.  


At 9:40 this morning, Judge Haberl will conduct a hearing for Brandon Sollosi of Confluence, Somerset County, who was charged by Indiana Borough police for possession with intent to deliver plus related misdemeanor offenses.  The incident is dated April 23rd.  

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