City man jailed on drug charges after selling to confidential informant
When a confidential informant walked into Stephen Moore III’s home at 750 Park Ave. on Aug. 19 to follow through with a pre-arranged drug sale, the informant saw “large amounts of cash separated by denominations in plain view,” an undercover officer with the county’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU) wrote in an affidavit.
“Moore told the informant that he had run out of methamphetamine that morning,” the officer said.
Moore allegedly sold the informant crack cocaine and suspected fentanyl for $200, which the two had agreed upon earlier when the two spoke on a cellphone.
When officers raided the home the next day, officers arrested Moore and seized the cellphone that was used to arrange the alleged drug sale as well as two pill bottles that contained PCP plus a bag of cocaine, the affidavit stated. A vile containing PCP also was seized, an NEU officer said.
Moore was automatically placed in Lycoming County Prison on a probation violation, and as corrections officers were conducting a routine strip search of him, they saw him “throw an item in the shower,” according to the affidavit. It turned out to be another pill bottle containing more PCP, the NEU officer said.
Following his recent arraignment before District Judge Aaron Biichle on charges of delivery of cocaine, delivery of fentanyl, possession with intent to deliver PCP, contraband and related offenses. He was recommitted in lieu of $125,000 bail.
In another NEU case that went before the judge, Sean Anthony Smith, who also goes by the street name “Shizz,” faces three counts each of delivery of crack cocaine and illegal use of a cellphone after allegedly selling the controlled substance to an informant on Dec. 3, Dec. 11 and again on Jan. 14, according to an officer’s affidavit.
The alleged sales occurred at Smith’s apartment at 326 Bridge St., the officer said. As the last sale was taking place, Smith told the informant that he “had just finished cooking the crack,” the officer was told. Smith waived his preliminary hearing last week and remains jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail.
In another drug case before Biichle, motorist Carlos Zapata-Flores, 28, of Shenandoah, waived his preliminary hearing on state police charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia after he was stopped for speeding and also driving with a suspended license on Interstate 180 in the city on April 11. He is free on $5,000 bail.
Man charged after marijuana plants found in home
Travis Bliler, 34, of 143 Mohawk Drive, Hughesville, was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana after five marijuana plants were discovered in his Wolf Township home on June 10, according to state police.
A team of state troopers responded to the home with a search warrant after receiving a tip, said state Trooper Logan Webb.
Bliler also has been charged with endangering the welfare of children, possession of 13 pills of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Two minors lived in the home, Webb said. Bliler waived his preliminary hearing last week before District Judge Jon Kemp and is free on $35,000 bail.
Three men face drug charges in separate cases
Jamil Harrell, 25, of 874 Memorial Ave., has been charged by the county’s NEU with conspiracy to deliver 4.6 grams of cocaine to an informant for $200 on Second Avenue in the city on Dec. 4. He is jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Jacob Heverly, 27, of New Columbia has been charged by state police with possession of an unknown controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia on Sandhill Road in Loyalsock Township on June 2. He is released on $10,000 bail.
Jason Koch, 34, of 816 Funston Ave., has been charged by city police with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 300 block of Hepburn Street on June 6. He is free on $5,000 bail.
Prison inmate faces felony charge
Agitated by the inmate in the cell next to his, Aaron Briggs filled a cup with feces and urine, and then tossed it toward the adjacent cell about 1:30 a.m. on May 9, county Detective Stephen Sorage alleged in an affidavit.
Briggs, who is no longer an inmate at the jail, has been arraigned before Biichle on one felony count of aggravated harassment by prisoner and is free on $75,000 bail. Court records did not say why Briggs was incarcerated at the time of the alleged incident.