TARENTUM (KDKA) — Police believe heroin may now be tougher to find on the streets in the Alle-Kiski Valley area, after a undercover drug bust in Tarentum.

Police from Tarentum, Harrison Township and agents from the State Attorney General’s office – armed with a search warrant – raided an apartment in the 200 block of Seventh Avenue, in Tarentum, searching for 34-year-old Jose Molina Delgato.

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He was wanted on conspiracy, and drug possession and distribution charges.

He was nowhere around, but police arrested two others in the apartment, and confiscated a car Delgato was seen driving.

However, it wasn’t registered to him. Inside the car, with the help of a drug-sniffing K-9, officers uncovered a hidden compartment inside a back panel, containing an estimated 2,500 stamped bags of heroin, and a .9 mm pistol.

Delgato – and others working for him – may have been selling as much as 2,500 stamped bags of heroin every week in the Tarentum area, according to Det. Sgt. Mark Glogowski, of the Tarentum Police Department.

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Glogowski told KDKA, “Delgato was the one bringing [the drugs] in, he was the one dispersing it.”

Two people who shared the apartment with Delgato, 30-year-old Gustave Cramer, Jr., and 27-year-old Courtney Garritano are lodged in the Allegheny County Jail on drug-related charges.

Glogowski said the only way to activate the car’s remote controlled panel was to turn the car ignition on, activate the rear defroster and then take a small magnet, which police found hidden under the brake pedal, then place the magnet beneath the fog icon on the dash panel.

The door to the secret compartment, in a rear panel, behind the driver’s seat, could be easily popped open.

Police believe most of the heroin was sold out of the car, and not from the apartment in Tarentum.

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