Shaler man accused of selling fentanyl-laced heroin



PITTSBURGH - A Shaler Township man is facing several drug-related charges, including charges of selling fentanyl-laced heroin.

Officials said Mark Bochicchio, 36, sold the heroin and other drugs to undercover officers working in Shaler, Hampton and Pittsburgh’s North Side.

Investigators from Ross Township police, in conjunction with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, Springdale Township police and the DA’s Narcotics Enforcement Team, announced Bochicchio’s arrest Thursday.

“I wouldn’t classify him as a high-level dealer,” Ross Township police Detective Brian Kohlepp said.

However, with each arrest, police say they’re one step closer to finding the supplier of the fatal heroin.

According to a news release, “The heroin recovered in the investigation was tested by the Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner in expedited fashion due to the urgency of this situation.  Heroin recovered through the course of this investigation was labeled both as 'Theraflu' and 'Bud Ice,' and was confirmed to be mixed with fentanyl.”

“It was positive for the fentanyl-mixed heroin,” Kohlepp said.

Bochicchio, who police said lives with his parents in Shaler, is facing several charges related to both the possession and the sale of heroin as well as cocaine.

“I’m not guilty, and I know that,” Bochicchio said as he was in police custody.