PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Authorities are offering a large monetary reward for the arrest of a New York man accused of trafficking $1.6 million worth of fentanyl to Pittsburgh.
Allegheny County sheriff's deputies are searching for.
When agents approached him on Aug. 31 after he arrived in Pittsburgh from New York, authorities searched his backpack and found a kilogram of fentanyl. A search of his bags turned up 9 kilograms of fentanyl, or about 450,000 doses, the attorney general's office said.
On Wednesday, the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office announced that a $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest. He is a wanted man after already missing
District Justice Xander Orenstein released the suspect on a non-monetary bond but asked for electronic home monitoring. The jail called the next day, asking the presiding Judge Gene Ricciardi about Cepeda's ankle monitoring condition. KDKA-TV learned Judge Ricciardi made the decision to remove the condition of his ankle monitor without reading Cepeda's criminal complaint.
Orenstein is still on the bench and has denied KDKA-TV's requests for comment.
Pichardo-Cepeda is 6-foot-1, 250 pounds, and is known as Yanky, officials said. Anyone with information can call Det. Walsh at 412-522-0822 or Det. Bell at 412-559-2725.
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala said the drug bust was the third major drug bust in the past several months in Downtown Pittsburgh.
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