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One Partygoer Made Wise Choice to Refuse a 'Bump'

Police unravel what led to overdoses in Pittsburgh apartment
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2019 10:25 AM CDT
Updated Sep 29, 2019 12:15 PM CDT
Officers stand outside the South Side Works City Apartments in Pittsburgh Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019.   (Christian Snyder/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
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(Newser) – Authorities in Pittsburgh say they've largely unraveled the story of how three men wearing orange wristbands ended up dead in a Pittsburgh apartment building last weekend. Authorities received help from a witness who made a possibly lifesaving choice in refusing to sniff white powder from a knife. The details:

  • The start: Police say things got started last Saturday night at the Insomnia Discotec, when one of the patrons there invited people—included members of the band—back to his apartment for a party, reports Trib Live. That's why everyone was wearing orange wristbands; they came from the nightclub.
  • The drugs: At the party, police say host Peter Rene Sanchez Montalvo, 25, began bragging about money and produced a box of drugs, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He "cut into the narcotics and scooped out a large quantity of what the users believed was cocaine," per a criminal complaint. Montalvo allegedly made the rounds of the room, asking people to take a "bump" of the white powder off his knife. At that point, "people immediately began to drop," says the complaint.

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