Sting leads to suspected drug money seizure

Following the arrests last week of a man and his girlfriend on drug charges, members of the Lycoming County Narcotics Enforcement Unit discovered an estimated $250,000 worth of marijuana at the couple’s South Williamsport home.

Also found in the house at 1723 W. Southern Ave. on July 3 was an estimated $41,000 of suspected drug money, a supervisor for the narcotics unit confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

Later the same day, the investigation led authorities to a storage unit on Commerce Park Drive, Loyalsock Township, where another $135,000 in suspected drug money was located.

Investigators believe the money is directly connected with the drug operation Cory Blee, 40, and his girlfriend, Heather Longo, 37, allegedly ran out of their home on West Southern Avenue.

“This could be one of the largest cash seizures of suspected drug money” in the county’s history, the drug unit supervisor said.

An estimated 60 pounds of marijuana, valued on the street at $234,000, was seized at the house, the supervisor said, adding that most of it was packaged in large ziplock bags. Another $20,000 of a drug with a marijuana compound in it was taken from the house along with about $10,000 worth of “edibles” containing marijuana, the supervisor said.

Investigators raided the home with a search warrant shortly after Blee and Longo were taken into custody at their places of employment. The arrests follow an undercover operation in which marijuana allegedly was sold by Longo to undercover officers on four occasions between May 7 and July 2. Two of the sales occurred in the borough while one took place in the city and another in Old Lycoming Township.

Longo, who faces felony possession with intent to deliver marijuana and related offenses, is free on $250,000 bail, while Blee is jailed in the Lycoming County Prison on drug charges in lieu of the same amount.