Drug bust nets Pa. cops 10,000 bags of heroin

The bust was the culmination of a six-month investigation


By Megan Guza
The Tribune-Review

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — A Pittsburgh husband and wife are in federal custody after a late-night drug bust Friday that led to the seizure of thousands of bags of heroin, authorities said.

The incident began with a traffic stop involved 59-year-old Farren Mason, of Pittsburgh’s Homewood section, according to Allegheny County District Attorney spokesman Mike Manko.

That traffic stop was the culmination of a six-month investigation among the District Attorney’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Swissvale and North Versailles police, Manko said.

The traffic stop led to a search warrant at Mason’s North Homewood Avenue home, which in turn led to the discovery of 10,000 bags of heroin, 15 pounds of marijuana and an unspecified amount of cash, Manko said.

Mason’s wife, 50-year-old Ernestine Mason, was also arrested. She is charged federally with obstruction of justice.

Farren Mason faces federal charges of drug possession, possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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