Probe underway after drugs found in old Pittsburgh police car

Vehicle was set to be auctioned

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Pittsburgh police began an internal investigation Wednesday after learning that heroin and crack were found inside an old detective car earlier this month.

Assistant Chief of Investigations George Trosky said he learned of the incident Tuesday night, when he was contacted by a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter.

An internal police report taken at about 9 a.m. June 4 states that a man named John Pucci was cleaning out an old narcotics detective car -- labeled DN8 -- when he spotted several items on the floor near a rear seat.

He contacted Officer Steven Crisanti, who works in the bureau's fleet services, who then contacted the Zone 2 police station. Zone 2 Officer Norine Kelly came to the Strip District lot where city cars are taken before auction and reported finding the following items in the car: a utility knife, a 9 mm bullet, 12 stamp bags of heroin marked "red light" and a small amount of crack cocaine.

It's unclear how the drugs got into the car or who in the chain of command was notified of the report. Zone 2 Cmdr. Eric Holmes could not be reached for comment.

Chief Trosky said through spokeswoman Diane Richard on Wednesday: "I found out about this incident last night and started an investigation today. I don't wish to provide comment until I find out more information. An initial review shows that the car is 10 years old and has been at the garage for at least six months."

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Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil.


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