Alleged heroin dealer caught in city

Authorities have caught another suspected heroin dealer in the city of Williamsport. This time, police say the man had three cellphones, almost $5,000 and more than 100 individually packaged baggies of heroin in his vehicle.

George Minnick, 31, of 724 1/2 Locust St., has been charged with felony counts of possessing a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute, as well as one misdemeanor charge for a small possession of marijuana.

Sept. 6, city police came upon a black car with a temporary tag and dark tinted windows, which was parked in the 600 block of Second Street.

Suspicious, officers went to investigate. When they arrived at the car, Minnick allegedly rolled down the windows and officers were greeted by a strong smell of marijuana, according to court records.

Minnick, who had a bench warrant issued from Lycoming County for previous drug charges, was taken into custody.

A search of his vehicle allegedly revealed $4,793.25, a cellphone and six bags of heroin.

Later, officers brought in drug dogs, which alerted investigators to a “hidden void” in the dashboard of the vehicle that allegedly contained 110 individually pre-packaged bags of heroin, a small knotted sandwich bag with 5.2 grams of marijuana, another knotted plastic sandwich bag that contained 2.7 grams of crack cocaine and two additional cellphones, according to the affidavit.

In total, officers estimated more than $1,000 worth of heroin was recovered, records state.

Minnick was arraigned before District Judge James G. Carn on March 8. He is incarcerated in lieu of $75,000 bail.