Police: Felon ‘snorts’ drugs with gun on seat

A convicted felon who was “snorting” a bag of heroin in his pickup truck at West Fourth and Rose streets on Monday afternoon was taken into custody after city police spotted and seized a loaded handgun that was in plain view on his back seat.

Police and paramedics had been called to the intersection about 3:10 p.m. to investigate a report of a man who had passed out in a pickup truck, court records state.

The man in the truck was Edward Nelson Hill, 48, of 707 Hepburn St., who was conscious when police arrived and admitted he had just used a bag of heroin, police said. Two other bags of the drug were found in the truck.

Convicted of robbery, Hill was charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and convicted felon not to possess a firearm.

At his arraignment six hours later, Hill told District Judge Jerry C. Lepley that he was “not one to get into trouble.” He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $35,000 bail.

In another heroin case, 25-year-old alleged drug dealer Shawn Munson was nabbed within minutes Tuesday night after he fled from undercover officers in the 1800 block of East Third Street, court records state.

Munson, of Philadelphia, had allegedly sold 10 bags of heroin to a confidential informant in a parking lot along East Third Street, according to a Lycoming County detective.

Soon after the sale, officers tried to arrest Munson, but he fled in a 2014 Kia Sorenta, allegedly dumping five bundles as heroin as he escaped, the detective said.

In heavy traffic, Munson crashed his SUV into another vehicle at East Third Street and Clayton Avenue, but he failed to stop, the detective said. Munson was nabbed a few blocks away.

Charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia, fleeing police and hit-run, Munson was arraigned before District Judge James Carn and committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.