Hearing delayed in Pittsburgh ‘super heroin’ case

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A federal detention hearing has been postponed a week for a Pittsburgh man charged with selling a street brand of heroin tentatively linked to a fatal overdose.

Federal agents believe some heroin sold by 30-year-old Allen Coleman Jr. was laced with the powerful painkiller fentanyl and may have led to one death in Westmoreland County last month.

Coleman isn’t charged with causing any overdoses or deaths, only with possessing heroin with intent to deliver it.

But a 15-page probable cause affidavit filed with the charges says some of those drugs – sold in bags marked “Super” – were linked to the death. Authorities are trying to determine whether other deadly overdoses are linked to heroin Coleman sold.

Next Tuesday’s hearing before a federal magistrate in Pittsburgh will determine whether he’ll remain jailed until trial.