Drugs, cash seized in Middlesex Township

March 21, 2019 Cranberry Local News


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MIDDLESEX TWP — A Tuesday afternoon drug bust netted county narcotics officers hundreds of stamp bags of suspected heroin, dozens of pills, more than $1,200 in currency and other contraband from a home on Virginia Street, authorities said.

David R. Tuszynski, 40, who lives there, was arrested and he remains in the Butler County Prison on $50,000 bail.

The Butler County Drug Task Force, armed with a search warrant, found Tuszynski around 4 p.m. at the ranch-story house in the northern part of Middlesex Township. Investigators said Tuszynski lives in the home, which is owned by his parents.

Chief County Detective Tim Fennell, who leads the task force, said 260 glassine bags containing suspected drugs were seized from the home.

The bags, Fennell noted, are the type that are commonly used to package heroin for sale.

Additionally, officers found seven individually packaged pills of Adderall, a stimulant used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Each package had seven-and-a half pills that were contained in tied off corners of grocery bags.

Also turned up in the search was $1,240 in currency, suspected drug-packaging materials, a digital scale and a cell phone.

The confiscated items, Fennell said, were indicative of “drug distribution.” The operation Tuesday, he noted, culminated a three- to four-week investigation.

District Judge Wayne Seibel arraigned Tuszynski on two felony charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and two misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance.

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Jim Smith

Jim Smith

Grew up in upstate New York. Earned my Journalism degree in 1983 from the University of Texas at Austin. Worked for two newspapers in Fayette County (Pa.) before starting at the Butler Eagle in 1998.