As of Thursday, a Monroeville man who is believed to have been selling prescription medications out of the Philly Pretzel Factory on Route 22 is in custody. KDKA received information that Brian Schlagel was detained following a lengthy investigation into his narcotics dealing.
Midway through July, Monroeville Police received a tip that Schlagel, the proprietor of the Philly Pretzel Factory, had been using the drive-thru window to sell prescription medications. They were also informed that he was known to buy tablets from people who misused prescription medications and sell them for a profit.
Following that, Murrysville and Pennsylvania State Police joined forces with Monroeville Police after receiving reports of Schlagel’s drug use from each agency. Additionally, he has a criminal past and a history of pill-related arrests.
One suspect who was questioned by police admitted to buying drugs from Schlagel, who they identified as “the greatest pill dealer in Export.” Schlegel was first being watched in July by federal DEA officers and Monroeville Police.
Both out of his Murrysville home and the Philly Pretzel Factory drive-through window in Monroeville, they saw him buying and selling prescription drugs. Police then followed Schlagel on Thursday from his house to two sites where he was seen buying drugs. They saw him get into a car in Spitzer Toyota’s parking lot in Monroeville, where he then went on to spend $14,000 on drugs.
He was seen getting out of the car with a pill bottle in his hand before spotting the officers. From there, he fought and made an attempt to conceal the tablets and a cash envelope in the car he had just left. The pills were in plain sight when he was taken into custody.
The other driver of the car was also apprehended along with $14,000 in cash, which he admitted was for 240 oxycodone 30mg pills. Schlagel is now accused of unlawful acts, tampering with evidence, and possession with the intent to deliver.