Homewood youth football coach accused of drug dealing
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
By Sadie Gurman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A youth football coach faces a preliminary hearing Thursday after state police said they seized about 300 stamp bags of heroin from his car during a sting in North Versailles.
Robert Burgess, 32, of Wilkinsburg, was charged with several drug offenses after state troopers searched his car on Aug. 13. Police had arranged to buy drugs from Vaughn Beck, who they said promised them six bricks of heroin, according to a police affidavit. They set up a meeting in the parking lot of the North Versailles Wal-Mart.
Police said Mr. Burgess drove Mr. Beck to the scene, and they found drugs in the center console. Mr. Beck later told troopers that the heroin belonged to Mr. Burgess and that he "supplied the drug deal," according to the affidavit.
Mr. Burgess is a coach of the Homewood Bulldogs, though his status with the team was unclear today.