Man hides 2 dozen packs of crack cocaine in groin before arraignment

When Douglas Curtis Jr. was waiting to be brought before District Judge Christian Frey to be arraigned on state police drug charges earlier this month, it turned out the 29-year-old convicted drug dealer had on him nearly two dozen bags of crack cocaine, according to court records.

Curtis, who also goes by Douglas Smart, was taken to Frey’s office on Aug. 2 to face three counts of possession with intent to deliver heroin and related offenses, for his alleged involvement in three drug sales that occurred in the city on June 21, June 26 and July 24, police said.

Since Curtis was on county probation, the trooper told him he likely would go to jail on probation violation regardless of the bail set by the magistrate.

The trooper asked if he had any drugs, or contraband, on him. Curtis admitted he had several bags of crack cocaine, which he then pulled from his groin area and handed them to the trooper, according to an affidavit. He handed over a total of 23 bags, the trooper said.

Following his arraignment, Curtis, of 621 Lloyd St., was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.

On Tuesday, he waived his preliminary hearing on the original charges plus additional charges the trooper amended to the complaint that stem from the crack cocaine Curtis allegedly had with him on the day of his arraignment. He remains behind bars in lieu of bail.