NORTH VERSAILLES (KDKA) – A routine traffic stop ended with a suspected drug dealer behind bars.

Brandyn Elston kept his head down as he was walked out of the North Versailes Police station. The 25-year-old is facing a number of drug charges.

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“He was taken into custody with 25 bricks of heroin,” Officer Norman Locke with the North Versailles Police said.

Police say the drugs were discovered during a traffic stop along Route 22 in Wilkins Township.

Authorities had been targeting Elston for about a month. They were planning for an undercover officer to do a controlled buy Wednesday, but the traffic stop happened before that buy. The investigation into Elston’s alleged drug dealing was the focus of a number of law enforcement agencies.

“It was a joint investigation between Wilkins Township Police, McKees Rocks Police, North Versailles and Swissvale, under the umbrella of the District Attorney’s Narcotics Enforcement Team,” Locke said.

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And Elston isn’t just facing charges here in Pennsylvania.

“He’s on federal parole out of West Virginia for similar charges, weapons and drugs,” Locke said.

Police say the drugs had a street value of about $12,000.

They say this arrest is just one step in an ongoing effort to clean up the streets.

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