A Marlborough Police Department burglary investigation last month has helped lead to the arrest of a heroin dealer in East Greenville. This is the second time in as many years that 23-year-old Julian Bliesath, East Greenville, has been arrested in connection with selling heroin. He is currently in Montgomery County Prison after the courts approved a motion to increase his bail.
Police had been monitoring two E. Sixth Street properties since January after receiving information that heroin was being sold on the block. Law enforcement identified Bliesath as the main subject of the investigation. Police made several controlled purchases of heroin from Bliesath and determined that he used two separate residences in his drug dealing enterprise in the 1400 block of E. Sixth St.
Then, last month, Marlborough Police arrested Louis Steven Knight, 38, of Green Lane, who admitted to entering a residence in the 9000 block of Independence Drive without permission of the homeowner and stealing a Lifan Generator model 5800ie, as well as a Beretta 92FS-9mm and a Glock 21C .45 automatic. According to court papers prepared by Marlborough Officer Andrew Curtis, on April 11 Knight told police that he sold the generator to a pawn shop in Pennsburg and sold the firearms to a known heroin dealer in East Greenville in exchange for heroin and money.
The guns were later recovered during a search and seizure of Bliesath's house, executed by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office Drug Task Force, the Upper Perkiomen Police District, Marlborough Township Police Department and Pennsylvania State Police on April 19, according to court papers filed by Upper Perk Police Officer James Lavin.
During the search and seizure on April 19, police stopped Bliesath as he exited 1411 E. Sixth St., heading toward Washington Street. A search of his person found 56 bags of heroin; $571 in U.S. currency; seven Suboxone strips (a prescription drug used to treat opioid dependence); nine Clonazepam tablets; two Buprenorphine Hydrochloride tablets; a key to a BMW; and a cellular phone. According to police, the approximate street value of the heroin is about $15 per bag.
Police found the two guns stolen by Knight at the 1411 E. Sixth St. property next to a substantial amount of heroin-related packaging materials, according to court documents. In the bedroom, police found a number of cell phones, electronic equipment and a surveillance camera system that pointed toward the roadway.
Police also searched the BMW, which was registered to Bliesath's girlfriend and parked at 1424 E. Sixth St., and found 35 Suboxone strips and a substantial amount of heroin-related packaging material in the vehicle. According to police, the packaging materials found in the car were similar to that found in the residence at 1411 E. Sixth St.
Bliesath is being charged with felony counts of receiving stolen property, possession with intent to deliver and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, and a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance.
Knight was charged with two felony counts of possessing firearms not to be carried without a license, one count of criminal conspiracy of burglary and one count of criminal conspiracy of criminal trespass. He was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of transfer of firearms and one count of criminal conspiracy of theft by unlawful taking movable property.
Bliesath has faced numerous charges since 2008 in Berks and Montgomery counties for disorderly conduct, harassment, theft, criminal conspiracy and terroristic threats. He pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance in 2011 and was sentenced to a maximum of two years in jail and one year of probation. In October 2013, he was charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, criminal use of a communication facility, endangering the welfare of children, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
In the 2013 case, law enforcement – including Upper Perk Police, PA state police SWAT, North Penn Tactical Response Team, Montgomery County Detectives and Marlborough Township Police – recovered more than 300 bags of heroin from Bliesath's home in the 400 block of Colonial Drive, East Greenville and a house in the 1400 block of E. Sixth Street, Upper Hanover Township.