GREENSBURG (KDKA) — A traffic stop Tuesday night led to a big drug bust in the City of Greensburg, and a man who police have been keeping an eye on because they believed he was a supplier is now behind bars.
Julius Lancelot Smith, 26, was arrested after police stopped his Chevy Blazer for a traffic violation. Police said Smith was driving around not only with drugs and drug paraphernalia in his vehicle, but with two small children in the back seat — his 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter.
“[Officers] originally found some cocaine and a large quantity of cash, and they found a safe [in the SUV],” Greensburg Police Chief Chad Zucco told KDKA TV’s Ralph Iannotti. “Inside the safe was 870-some-odd bags of heroin, along with raw heroin as well.”
The police chief said his men have been keeping Smith under surveillance recently.
“Several weeks ago, they got information on him, and it just came to fruition [Tuesday evening],” Zucco said.
Greensburg Police officer Henry Fontana, Jr., who made the traffic stop, said Smith was driving with a suspended license and an outdated registration sticker.
He said Smith was wanted on 29 traffic warrants in Westmoreland and Allegheny Counties.
Smith’s two children are now with a relative.
“Due to the quantity he had on him, as well as the cash, we believe he was supplying local dealers,” Zucco said.
Smith is now being held in the Westmoreland County Prison. His bail has been set at $300,000.