SOMERSET, Pa. (KDKA) — A routine traffic stop last week turned into one of Somerset County’s largest drug busts.
Police say Friday morning 27-year-old Warren Green of Brookline was pulled over on the Turnpike for speeding.
However, during the traffic stop, police found 1,000 bricks of heroin with a street value of about $1 million.
Authorities say it is the largest heroin bust in the county’s history.
Green has a long record of traffic violations and authorities say Friday’s bust was not the first time he’s been caught dealing heroin.
At the time, Green was headed westbound on the Turnpike toward Pittsburgh.
“Fourteen miles over the speed limit,” State Tpr. Michael Volk said. “Seventy-nine (miles per hour) in a 65.”
When Volk pulled him over, he says Green was polite and cooperative. It was the drug dog, however, that tipped police off to the 1,000 bricks of heroin in Green’s trunk.
Neighbors told KDKA TV that they were shocked by Green’s arrest.
Munhall Police confirmed Monday night that they stopped Green’s car about two years ago, and found 15 bricks of heroin and a loaded .40 caliber gun in a hidden compartment in the dash board. At the time, the car was being driven by Green’s cousin, who’s currently in jail.
Green himself was facing drug charges, but, they were withdrawn, since he wasn’t behind the wheel, and his car was returned to him.
“This is a statewide impact,” Somerset County District Attorney Lisa Lazzari-Starasiser said. “This is a serious amount of drugs.”
Police say a lock on Green’s trunk prevented them from getting in, but after a search warrant was obtained, they got the drugs and arrested Green. He is charged with possession to deliver a controlled substance.
Authorities say the stamp on the heroin is one they had heard of, but had never seen in Somerset County before.
Green is currently in the Somerset County Jail on a $750,000 bond.