Repeat drug dealer locked up once again for selling heroin

A convicted drug dealer out on state parole was once again locked up Wednesday afternoon on felony charges for allegedly selling numerous bags of heroin on four occasions to an undercover officer between mid-July and Tuesday.

“How do you support yourself,” District Judge William Solomon asked Jeremy Gooden during the man’s arraignment.

“I sell drugs,” Gooden replied bluntly.

Gooden, who turned 28 last week, is no stranger to local police.

Back in mid-January 2014, with bundles of heroin in his car, Gooden was fleeing city police at speeds in excess of 80 mph when he crashed into a cluster of trees at Harding Avenue and Grove Street in the city’s East End.

Assisting with the call on that Jan. 12 night was city Patrolman Jonathan Deprenda, who lost control of the cruiser he was driving, crashing into the back of a car driven by James D. Robinson. 42, of Williamsport, at East Third and Railway streets.

Court records state DePrenda was traveling in excess of 100 mph when he slammed into Robinson’s car, which burst into flames and was pushed into an apartment building that caught fire. Robinson was killed in the crash, and Deprenda lost his job and later pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and recklessly endangerment. In August 2015, he was sentenced to five years probation.

On the night of the pursuit, Gooden, of 434 Center St., was arrested and jailed on charges of fleeing police, recklessly endangerment, possession with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was later released on bail.

While out on bail, he was arrested in early August of 2014 on a city police charge of possession with intent to deliver 15 bags of heroin at Center and Lousia streets. No information was available on the disposition of this case.

Following his conviction in early 2016 to the charges stemming from the high-speed pursuit two years earlier, he was sentenced to 36 months to nine years in state prison.

He was out on parole in this case when he allegedly sold bags of heroin to an undercover officer of the county’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit on July 16, Aug. 2 and twice on Tuesday, according to court records. The alleged sales occurred in Loyalsock Township and the city, investigators said.

When he was taken into custody on Wednesday morning in the city, Gooden had in his possession 10 bags of heroin, according to court records. Following his arraignment on possession with intent to deliver heroin and related offenses, he was jailed in the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $300,000 bail.

Nine months after the 2014 high-speed pursuit, Gooden was sentenced in another drug case to 12 months of probation and 50 hours of community service after his conviction of one count of possession of heroin.

In another drug case, he was released on $15,000 bail following his arraignment on a city police charge of possession with intent to deliver 36 bags heroin stemming from an incident in the 2500 block of Federal Avenue in October 2013. The disposition of this case was not known Wednesday night.