Alleged heroin dealer held on $.5M bail

State police arrested an alleged heroin dealer, who is now facing a host of charges, including felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance, possesion with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and criminal use of a communication facility.

Basil Haleem Bey, 24, of Philadelphia, was taken into custody Friday following an investigation during which an informant conducted two controlled purchase of heroin from Bey, according to an affidavit.

The first purchase took place May 9, when the informant met the suspect in the TJ Maxx parking lot on Third Street and exchanged $400 provided by police for the investigation with Bey for a “brick,” or 50 bags, of heroin, court documents said.

The heroin was sent to the Pennsylvania State Police Regional Laboratory for further testing

Police met with the informant again Friday to conduct the second controlled purchase.

The informant exchanged texts with Bey and arranged a meeting at the TJ Maxx parking lot.

According to police, Bey wanted to change the meeting location after seeing police on the Golden Strip, and instructed the informant to meet at another location.

The informant followed the suspect’s vehicle to Church Street, where the informant again exchanged $400 provided by police for the investigation with Bey for 50 bags of heroin.

A marked patrol unit along with members of the Lycoming County Narcotics Enforcement Unit then pulled Bey’s vehicle over and discovered the $400 from the previous exchange in Bey’s possession along with an additional $647. No controlled substances were found on Bey, but police found a key for a room at the Holiday Inn Express, 1 Pine St., in his possession.

Police executed a search warrant on the hotel room and found an ice bucket containing 635 bags of heroin along with $2,915 in cash.

Bey was arraigned before Judge Jon E. Kemp and jailed in lieu of a $500,000 bail.