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Felon behind bars for suspected heroin, stolen handgun

December 10, 2019 News Extra

Stanford Russell Jr. of Pittsburgh, charged with having stolen gun, 117 bags of heroin in Butler Township.

BUTLER TWP — A felon is behind bars after state police seized 117 stamp bags of suspected heroin, a stolen handgun and other contraband following a traffic stop early Tuesday morning.

Stanford A. Russell Jr., 28, of Pittsburgh is being held on $100,000 bond in the Butler County Prison. He is facing felony drug and firearms charges.

Russell’s arrest came after police Cpl. Michael Schmidt spotted a car traveling south on Hansen Avenue without its headlights on around 2:20 a.m. The officer turned around and began following the car.

This is an excerpt from a larger article that will appear in Wednesday’s Butler Eagle. Subscribe online or in print to read the full article about the arrest.