Police: Man arrested after throwing heroin, cash out of car during chase

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INDIANA BOROUGH, Pa. —

A 25-year-old Homestead man is facing several drug-related charges after police said he led them on a car and foot chase Monday in Indiana Borough.
 
According to Indiana Borough police, detectives were monitoring activity in the 500 block of South Sixth Street after police received several reports of suspicious activity in the area.
 
Just before noon, detectives observed what they believed was a possible drug delivery in progress. They approached the vehicle, which then fled the scene.
 
While officers were chasing the vehicle, the driver threw about 20 bags of heroin and $400 cash out of the car, police said.
 
After a brief foot chase when the car stopped, Desmond Michael Johnson was taken into custody, according to police. A 23-year-old woman who was in the area was also briefly detained and later released.
 
“I looked out my door and saw a bunch of cops there.  I tried to watch to see what was happening,” said a witness.
 
“This is primarily a residential area down there.   We do have kids that play and fortunately for us, a resident called us right away and said that he found some of the drugs that he threw over the fence while we were in the process of handcuffing the suspect,” said Detective John Scherf.
 
Johnson was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin and other drug-related charges.