After allegedly selling crack cocaine on two previous occasions to a confidential informant, 23-year-old Latasha Elizabeth Noble-Depitte was ready to make a third sale, but this time she brought along her 3-year-old daughter, according to state police.
On the afternoon of March 21, the young mother drove her Oldsmobile to the 1900 block of East Third Street, where she met up with a confidential informant, police said. She got out of the car and walked over to the informant's car, police said.
Noble-Depitte got in the vehicle and allegedly sold nine bags of crack cocaine for $300, police said. When she exited the car, the woman was taken into custody. "At this time, $300 was seized from her bra," police said. The bills were ones previously marked and used in the drug sale, police said.
When police looked into Noble-Depitte's car, they saw her daughter sitting in the back seat, according to an affidavit. The child immediately was placed in protective custody.
Troopers seized 39 baggies of heroin that were found in the car.
Noble-Depitte, of 770 W. Fourth St., was arraigned hours later before District Judge Jon E. Kemp on three counts each of possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine, delivery of crack cocaine, possession of cocaine and one count each of endangering the welfare of a child and possession of heroin. She remains jailed in the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail.
Two other alleged drug dealers brought before Kemp were Jordan Dawn Miller, 24, and her boyfriend, Ryan C. Ballard, 25, both of 708 Diamond St., according to city police.
The two were taken into custody soon after Miller allegedly sold a confidential informant 10 bags of heroin that were marked "OBEY" for $100 near Diamond and Cummings streets on March 22.
Upon being arrested, Miller admitted that she "delivered heroin to two to three different people earlier in the day," an officer wrote in an affidavit.
Through the investigation, police learned that Ballard "conspired with Miller in distributing the heroin and aiding her in packaging" the drug, police said.
The two were arraigned on charges of delivery of heroin, conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia. They remain jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail each.