State police: 5,588 bags of heroin in car

One of the largest drug busts in Lycoming County occurred on Jan 4. when state police said they found 5,588 bags of heroin inside a silver Chrysler driven by Stacey Donte Morgan, 25, of Philadelphia.

Morgan, Samuel Darius Woodlyn, 27, of Philadelphia; and Hadiya Shadiah Bell-Evans, 20, of 1720 Memorial Ave., are being charged with possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

On Jan. 1, the three were taken into custody after state police searched the room in which they were staying at the Econo Lodge, 2019 E. Third St. in Loyalsock Township. There police said they found $7,780 in cash, three oxycodone pills, a small amount of marijuana and four cellphones.

In Morgan’s vehicle state police said they found $467 in cash, two bags of heroin and four additional cellphones.

The additional heroin was discovered in Morgan’s car on Jan. 4.

Originally, the three were jailed in lieu of $250,000 straight bail. After their hearing in front of District Judge Gary A. Whiteman, all of their bails were modified due to the large amount of heroin found after they were arraigned, according to court papers.

Morgan’s and Woodlyn’s bail went to $1 million while Bell-Evans’ went to $750,000.

Whiteman explained that Bel-Evans’ bail is lower due to her ties to the community and lack of drug history.

Bell-Evans and Woodlyn will have another hearing at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 25 in front of Whiteman. Morgan will have his hearing at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 1 at the county courthouse.