A routine police detail in a nearby county helped police catch a wanted drug offender last week.
During a ‘Click It or Ticket’ check November 26 at approximately 4:50PM – a detail aimed at ensuring motorists are wearing their seat belts – state police troopers stationed at the Kittanning barracks stopped Israel James Fenstermaker, 23 of Wilmington, Del. for speeding. His passenger Dustin Baust, 26 of Brockport, Pa. was found to be wanted in the state of Tennessee for drug violations, along with another passenger – Daniel Brewer, 21 of Brockport – under the influence of heroin.
Fenstermaker was also found under the influence of heroin. After a consented search of the vehicle, 26 stamp bags of heroin, several empty stamp bags, multiple items of paraphernalia, four separate bags of marijuana and 12 syringes were discovered.
Festermaker is charged with felony possession with intent to deliver and driving under the influence and paraphernalia/traffic violations, and was arraigned in Allegheny County Night Court on $8,000 cash bail.
Baust and Brewer were released and are facing charges of possession of marijuana and paraphernalia before District Magisterial Judge Carolyn Bengel in Brackenridge, Pa.