Shaler man charged with selling heroin laced with fentanyl



A Shaler man was arrested today on charges that he sold a combination of heroin and fentanyl to undercover police officers on multiple occasions, Ross police said.

Mark Bochicchio, 36, sold the mixture to officers working in Shaler, Hampton and Pittsburgh’s North Side on various occasions, Ross police said in a news release.

Heroin obtained during the investigation of Mr. Bochicchio was labeled “Theraflu” or “Bud Ice” and was then tested by the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office, which confirmed that it was mixed with fentanyl, police said.

A fatal mixture of heroin and fentanyl made the news last month when local authorities announced that they were investigating a string of overdose deaths they thought were connected to the combination of drugs.

Fourteen fatal overdose victims in Allegheny County had tested positive for using a combination of heroin and fentanyl as of Jan. 31.

Ross Detective Brian Kohlhepp said investigators do not have any reason to suspect that the packets Mr. Bochicchio sold were connected to any of the deaths.

He described Mr. Bochicchio as a “middle of the pack” dealer and not as a mixer of the drugs.

Police said Mr. Bochicchio faces multiple charges for possessing and selling heroin and cocaine. He is currently at the Ross police department, awaiting transportation to the Allegheny County Jail later today. His arrest was made in conjunction with the Springdale Township police department and the Allegheny County district attorney’s Narcotics Enforcement Team.

As officers escorted Mr. Bochicchio away from the Ross police station and prepared to take him to the Allegheny County Jail, Mr. Bochicchio told reporters that he was not guilty.


Michael Henninger contributed. Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil. First Published February 27, 2014 1:16 PM


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