UPDATE: Heroin Involved in Case Resulting in Friday's Manhunt
Some major details have been released in relation to the investigation leading up to the arrest of Nicholas and Justin Mastroianni on Friday night.
New information has been pulled from the affidavits of probable cause in the case against Justin and Nicholas Mastroianni of Upper Providence, which resulted in the approximately six-hour-long manhunt that occurred on Friday night into Saturday morning.
Among the new findings is the fact that Justin Mastroianni, 21, had been allegedly selling heroin out of the house at 41 Orchard Court, which has now been raided twice since June.
Mastroianni and his brother (according to the affidavit) Nicholas, 22, were both arrested Friday night after a warrant was obtained by Upper Providence police. The warrant was granted after a ten-month investigation of the activity going on at the house. Justin escaped captivity on Friday night, but was later apprehended by police at Outback Steakhouse around 4 a.m. on Saturday.
The investigation, administered by Upper Providence detective Patrick Haines, began in January 2011. Included in the investigation were multiple confidential sources who aided in proving that both marijuana and heroin were being sold out of the house.
Interestingly enough, the house, owned by John Mastroianni, who shot himself but survived in the June raid, is located in a Drug Free School Zone.
From January until June the investigation entailed mobile surveillance on the activity going on inside the home, as well as random "trash pulls" from the property. Haines reported that activity inside the house would sometimes continue on throughout the evening into the early morning hours of the following day.
Then, in June, a concerned citizen called in to the drug tip hotline about John and Justin selling marijuana to teenagers from the house. It was also noted by the caller that the house at 41 Orchard Court was where the deals were administered, but 42 Orchard Court is where "the kids party and hang out" implying that teenagers may have been buying the drugs at 41 and using them at 42.
To further support the concerns by the caller, Upper Providence police were dispatched out to the house on June 3 for a "rolling domestic" between a juvenile and his/her parents. The juvenile was found to have a 0.07 Blood Alcohol Content and was taken to the hospital by the parents to administer a drug test, as they felt he/she was under the influence.
The hospital test showed marijuana and Xanax to be in the juvenile's system, leading the parents to further believe their child was given drugs and alcohol at the house. A follow-up was administered by police, but the parents never returned calls.
Finally, on June 8, a successful trash pull was administered in the early morning hours at the property. A clear trash bag was found and investigated. It was determined that all items in the bag were evidence relating to the sale of marijuana. There was no "regular household waste" in the bag.
Among the contents in the bag were a large number of plastic bags and dryer sheets with marijuana residue and labels with various types of marijuana written on them. There was also a United States Postal Service label addressed to John from a man in California, leading Haines to believe John was receiving the marijuana via USPS from California. There was also a half a gram of "high grade marijuana" in the trash bag, which was field tested positive. The bags with residue were estimated to be able to fit about a half of a pound of marijuana in each. A warrant was issued that night.
Then, on June 9 a CMERT raid occurred, which was the night John allegedly shot himself in his basement. According to reports, a neighbor told police that John said on numerous occasions, "I would never be taken alive by police." John's son Nicholas confirmed that statement, as well as notifying police that an AR-15 with over 1,000 rounds was inside the house.
During the raid at about 11:30 p.m., Justin came home and was detained. Police found a syringe in his pocket.
Investigators found a large number of evidence inside the house, including, but not limited to:
- Marijuana plants growing in the rear lower patio
- A "grow room" in the attic
- A significant amount of guns, marijuana, money and other evidence inside of a large standup gun safe in the basement
- More than 20 guns in the basement alone
- Three guns in Justin's bedroom
On June 15, the court issued a search warrant of Justin's vehicle. Upon investigation, police found 19 individual packs of heroin inside of a pack of Marlboro cigarettes, as well as the same syringe they found on Justin the night of the raid. They also found text messages on his phone indicating the sale of high grade marijuana.
On June 20, the court issued a warrant for five phones linked to the Mastroiannis. The warrant was served on June 22 and subsequently, a warrant for both Justin and Nick's arrest was issued.
Charges under the warrant include:
- Felony: Manufacturing, delivering, possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance
- Misdemeanor: Possession of a controlled or counterfeit substance
- Misdemeanor: Possession with the intent to use paraphernalia
- Felony: Criminal use of a communications facility
- Criminal Conspiracy with John Mastroianni in felony of manufacturing, delivering, possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance
The preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. on Oct. 18.