Six residents of the Newberry section of Williamsport face felony charges following an extensive investigation by city police. Authorities say they received numerous phone calls and tips from concerned residents of the neighborhood which helped lead to the string of arrests early Wednesday morning.
While five of the six suspects provided authorities with Philadelphia addresses, all six individuals had taken up residence at 2337 Dove St., according to police.
Sharif Amir-Oscar, 21, of 2337 Dove St., Williamsport has been charged with one felony count of conspiracy to deliver narcotics and another for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He also faces misdemeanor charges for possession of Suboxone, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.
Mark Harold Moore, 19, of 5823 Walton Ave., Philadelphia, also faces felony charges for conspiracy to deliver narcotics and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He has been charged with misdemeanor counts for possession of marijuana, heroin, cocaine and paraphernalia.
Ehramis Chism, 21, of 4229 Ogden St., Philadelphia; Julius Johnson, 23, of 890 Bridge St., Philadelphia; Kaitrill Flanagan, 39, of 5722 Chew Ave., Philadelphia; Rasheed Bond, 26, of 949 W. Third St., Philadelphia, also face misdemeanor charges in connection with the investigation, according to police.
Through community cooperation and information supplied by a confidential source, authorities traced alleged drug trafficking activity to Amir-Oscar's black Dodge Magnum and Dove Street residence.
On May 28, a confidential informant set up a controlled heroin purchase with an unidentified person who resided at 2337 Dove St., according to court record.
On May 29, the informant met with an unidentified person who drove Amir-Oscar's Magnum to the intersection of Race Street and West Fourth Street in Williamsport. There, this individual allegedly sold the informant 29 bags of heroin, according to reports.
Following the purchase, police were able to obtain a search warrant for Amir-Oscar's home. Williamsport Special Response Team, members of the Lycoming County Drug Task Force, state police and FBI officers executed that warrant at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, records state.
When he heard police knock on the front door, Moore allegedly jumped from a first-floor window and attempted to run away. However, he quickly was captured by officers who had surrounded the perimeter of the property, according to reports.
Moore was taken into custody. A search revealed he had one bag of heroin, two knotted baggies of cocaine, and about 1.8 grams of marijuana on him, according to police. He also allegedly had two cellphones and $300.
When officers entered, they allegedly found that Amir-Oscar had been weighing out marijuana for distribution a short time earlier. The small, digital scale he was using was covered in residue, according to court records. A search of Jones revealed three prescription Suboxone patches, one cell phone, additional packaging materials, and a loaded 9mm Smith & Wesson firearm, records state.
Drug paraphernalia was scattered in plain sight throughout the home, records state. In addition to various amounts of cocaine, heroin, Suboxone, and marijuana, authorities recovered about $5,000.
Both men were arraigned Thursday afternoon before District Judge Gary Whiteman. Jones is incarcerated in lieu of $100,000 bail and Moore is incarcerated in lieu of $150,000 bail.
Chism, Johnson, Flanagan, and Bond have all been released and will be sent a summons to face misdemeanor charges, according to city police Capt. Timothy Miller.