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Fugitive Arrested after Delivering Heroin to Undercover Detectives

Date: March 30, 2020
Incident Type: Narcotics Arrest
Location: N/A

In October of 2019, an arrest warrant was issued for Herbert Lee Walker III, 25, of Penn Hills, after Allegheny County Police found nearly 7,000 stamp bags of heroin and a handgun at Walker's residence in Penn Hills during the execution of a search warrant.

On February 13, 2020, Pittsburgh Police officers, aware of Walker's status as a fugitive, saw him in the 5700 block of Baum Boulevard in the East End. When officers attempted to take him into custody, Walker fled in a white Dodge pickup truck, striking two city police cars in his effort to escape. An additional arrest warrant was obtained by Pittsburgh Police officers stemming from this incident. Walker was charged with Aggravated Assault (3 counts), Reckless Endangerment (3 counts), Fleeing & Eluding, and Flight to Avoid Apprehension. 

This Saturday, March 28, 2020, detectives from the Pittsburgh Police Narcotics & Vice Unit were able to obtain a cell phone number for Herbert Lee Walker III. An undercover Narcotics detective was able to establish telephone contact with Walker, who subsequently agreed to meet the undercover detective for the purposes of selling heroin to the detective. Assisted by Pittsburgh SWAT and detectives from the Pittsburgh Police Intelligence Unit, Narcotics detectives formulated plans to take Walker into custody when he arrived at the deal location. Shortly after 5:30 p.m., Walker arrived at the deal location along with another male, Dwayne Nelson, 22, of McKeesport. The men gave (50) stamp bags of heroin to the undercover detective in exchange for $340.00 cash. Immediately following the deal, SWAT officers moved in and took both men into custody without incident. During a search incident to arrest, Walker was found to be in possession of an additional quantity of heroin, as well as over $1,200.00 cash. 

Both men were charged with Criminal Conspiracy, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, and Delivery of a Controlled Substance stemming from this incident. Walker was also arrested on his outstanding warrants stemming from the Penn Hills incident in 2019 and the Pittsburgh Police incident on February 13. 


Herbert Lee Walker III

Dwayne Nelson

Reporting PIO:
Cara Cruz