On Jan. 29, the day after Richard J. Speciale
, 48, was arrested by city police and state agents, a federal judge issued a bench warrant for him at the Allegheny County Jail for violating the terms of his
The warrant will serve as a detainer while his
state case proceeds and, because of the seriousness of his
prior conviction, will probably send him back to prison for several years after his
state court penalty is served.
Mr. Speciale, a member of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Pagans, will appear for a preliminary hearing in city court on Wednesday on charges of possession and possession with intent to deliver.
The case against him is part of an ongoing state grand jury investigation of drug dealing by the Pagans
In an affidavit, narcotics agents with the attorney general's office said they supervised a controlled purchase of cocaine on Dec. 7 by an informant from Mr. Speciale
house on Peoples Road in Ross.
On Jan. 28, Pittsburgh police and state agents detained him after a traffic stop on Evergreen Road, where he
was driving with a female passenger.
Immediately after the traffic stop, agents and Ross police executed a search warrant on his
house and said they found $146,000 in cash, powder cocaine, electronic surveillance equipment, packaging materials for narcotics and a drug scale.
was sentenced in 1998 to 10 years in federal prison following an investigation by Shaler police, the FBI and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol
, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Undercover agents said he
sold them cocaine three times in 1997.