Two alleged Philadelphia drug dealers were nabbed early Friday afternoon within minutes after bailing out of their rental car at Rural Avenue and Center Street, according to court records filed by the Lycoming County Narcotics Enforcement Unit.
The capture of Jahsan Abdul Truitt, 21, and Amin Akbar, 24, occurred shortly after Truitt allegedly sold 13 bags of heroin to a confidential informant for $100 at Cedar Avenue and Locust Street, an affidavit states.
Following the sale, Truitt, who was driving a Lincoln MK 3, pulled away with three other males who were in the car about 12:10 p.m. Two of the passengers were Akbar and a 16-year-old boy.
When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, Truitt managed to elude them, police said. The car was soon found abandon on Rural Avenue and additional police officers swarmed into the neighborhood to look for the four occupants.
It was not very long before Truitt was taken into custody in the 800 block of Cherry Street. Police said he was seen dumping something under a bush. When officers went to look, it turned out Truitt allegedly was trying to hide "a distribution (drug) bag" that contained 34 addition heroin bags and three bags of crack cocaine.
Truitt had on him $868, including the marked bills that the confidential informant handed him when the heroin sale was made, police said.
All three passengers in the car were apprehended in the neighborhood and taken to police headquarters.
During a strip search, police discovered 12 bags of heroin in Akbar's groin, according to the affidavit. It was unknown if any charges were filed against the 16-year-old or the third passenger, who was not identified.
Truitt was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin and crack cocaine, possession of heroin, crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia and one count of corrupting the morals of a minor. Following his arraignment before District Judge Allen P. Page III, he was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail.
Akbar was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia. He also was after failing to post $125,000 bail.