Detectives had known about the Wilkinsburg Crew for quite some time when they met with a confidential informant on Oct. 8, 2012, searched him for drugs and cash and then asked him to call a number operated by the violent heroin dealers.
There was no answer. Almost immediately, the informant received a call back. The man on the other line had two bundles — or 20 stamp bags — of heroin called Daily Dosage. It was less powerful than the kind the informant had requested, but it could be his for $140.
The informant got into a car, drove down winding McNary Boulevard in Wilkinsburg and parked in an agreed-upon location.
A boy, about 13 years old, walked up to him and passed him 56 bags of heroin. The informant handed the boy cash and the two parted ways.