A confidential informant has helped city police put a stop to an alleged heroin dealer's sales.
Austin Monroe, 26, of 2135 W. Third St., faces four counts of delivery with intent to distribute and two counts of criminal use of a communications device, after a confidential informant allegedly purchased heroin from him.
The investigation consisted of two controlled heroin buys.
During a controlled buy, a confidential informant first is searched, then given money by police to purchase drugs. The informant contacts the suspected dealer and meets him or her to purchase narcotics. The informant then brings the drugs to police, who test them to ensure they are real.
The first controlled buy took place on April 14. The transaction occurred in a lot at 2001 W. Fourth St. During the purchase, police provided the informant with $200, with which 0.48 grams of heroin was purchased from Monroe, according to an affidavit.
The second controlled purchase occurred on Aug. 8. Again, police provided the informant with $200. This time, the informant bought 0.80 grams of heroin - about 20 bags - from Monroe.
Monroe was arraigned before District Judge Gary Whiteman on Aug. 21. He remains incarcerated in lieu of $25,000 bail.