Police: Troopers on lookout for bag of heroin

Two Philadelphia men suspected of being involved in selling drugs on Sunday morning are locked up behind bars, but state troopers are trying to locate the whereabouts of a large bag of the heroin that one of the drug dealers reportedly ditched during a foot chase with officers.

What initially began as a high-speed pursuit near Tinsman Avenue and Sheridan Street about 9:45 a.m. resulted in the capture of Shakoor Shareef Johnson, 30, and Julian Lennon Ruffin, 29, state police said.

Both men ditched the car police were pursuing after the vehicle struck a utility pole on the property of the former Becht School on Clayton Avenue and became disabled.

Troopers first nabbed Johnson in the 1900 block of Sheridan Street after a trooper used his Taser gun on him, police said. Ruffin soon was taken into custody in front of the Loyalsock Township High School on Northway Road, police said.

During the foot chase, it was believed that Ruffin threw a bag containing a large amount of heroin somewhere between the high school and 1949 Sheridan St., police said, adding that if anyone finds the bag, they are to call the Montoursville barracks.

Both men were arraigned before District Judge Allen P. Page III on charges of delivery of heroin, fleeing police and related offenses. The two were committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail each.