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Area police kept busy handling drug cases

In separate cases, nine people have been arrested on various drug offenses, including Ruben Carter, 47, of 944 Memorial Ave., who faces multiple counts of possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine filed by the county’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit. The charges stem from his alleged involvement in five sales of the controlled substance to either a confidential informant or an undercover officer, according to court records. All the sales occurred in the city. The allege sales occurred at West Fourth and William streets on Oct. 3; West Fourth and Grier streets two days later; West Fourth Street and First Avenue on April 15 and at West Fourth Street and Fifth Avenue on April 20 and again nine days later, according to an affidavit.

Following his arraignment before District Judge Christian Frey on a total of 20 drug-related charges, Carter was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.

The narcotics unit also arrested Ralph Green, 26, of 804 Hepburn St., and charged him with delivery of heroin and illegal use of a cellphone for allegedly selling cocaine to an undercover officer at High Street and Wildwood Boulevard on May 5. He was committed in lieu of $85,000 bail. Also jailed in lieu of the same amount was his wife, Keimyra Green, 20, of the same address, who faces the same charges for allegedly selling heroin to an undercover officer also from the narcotics unit at Fifth and Market streets on April 29.

Another couple jailed in lieu of $85,000 bail each was Derrick Vincent Draft, 27, and Ameerah Blackwell, 26, who were arrested after state Trooper Jonathan Thompson seized close to 40 grams of crack cocaine from their city home at 807 Wilson St. on May 5, according to court records filed District Judge Aaron Biichle. At the time, Thompson was serving a “felony arrest warrant” on Draft with charges stemming from a vehicle pursuit three days earlier. “I observed multiple narcotics and signs of narcotic activity in plain sight,” Thompson wrote in an affidavit. With Draft in custody, Thompson then obtained a search warrant for the house. It was during the search that the trooper recovered the crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

The two were arraigned on charges of possession with intent to deliver and related offenses. Alleged drug dealer

Ronald Young Jr., 35, of 1548 Mount Carmel St., was incarcerated on charges after city police Sgt. Brian McGee stopped his 2014 Nissan Altima in the 600 block of Wilson St. about 8:30 p.m. on April 27. The vehicle was stopped because a witness had called police to report that he suspected the occupant was involved in drug activity in the 600 block of Washington Boulevard. Young complied with orders to get out of the car and was then patted for weapons, McGee wrote in an affidavit. Inside the vehicle, “I could smell a strong odor of recently-sprayed air freshener, covering the odor of marijuana. The driver stated there was marijuana in the center console,” McGee said. An estimated 25 grams of suspected marijuana were found in the console. the officer said. When officers conducted a strip search of Young at police head quarters, they found him possessing two bundles of suspected heroin and nearly four grams of crack cocaine, McGee said. Initially jailed on charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana as well as related offenses, Young has since been released on $50,000 bail. Also locked up on drug offenses was Ronald Wilford, 27, of Philadelphia, who has been charged with possession with intent to deliver 1.3 grams of heroin in the 1200 block of Monroe Place on April 28, city police said. Following his arraignment before District Judge Gary Whiteman, he has been jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail.

In another case, as corrections officers were conducting a routine strip search on Destiny Little when the 27-yearold woman was being committed to the county prison on a parole violation on April 27, “11 purple packets of suspected heroin fell to the floor” when she removed an undergarment, county Detective Stephen Sorage said in an affidavit. Arraigned last week on one misdemeanor count of possession of heroin, Little, of Williamsport, was recommitted in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Concerning another case, Robert Hanner, 44, of 170 Pinecrest Drive, lot 30, Eldred Township, who was arrested last week by city police in a major undercover drug operation, faces an additional charges of possession of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia that were filed by Old Lycoming Township police and stem from an incident in the 1900 block of Green Avenue on Feb. 13. He has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge William Solomon.

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