City police nabbed an armed suspected drug dealer in the East End late Monday afternoon and Old Lycoming Township police caught a 20-year-old woman they believe allegedly has been selling drugs from a room at the Budget Inn on Lycoming Creek Road.
Anthony Gator Angelo, 22, of 1343 Catherine St., was carrying a loaded handgun along with six bags of marijuana and several bags of cocaine when he was nabbed by Cpl. Damon Hagan in the 900 block of Tucker Street following a brief foot pursuit about 5:15 p.m. The young man also had 17 pills of Xanax, police said.
Hagan had responded to the neighborhood on a tip of possible drug activity. Angelo was with two other men, but he bolted from the officer, police said.
After he was caught, Angelo was arraigned before District Judge James H. Sortman on charges of carrying a firearm without a license, possession with intent to deliver cocaine and Xanax, as well as other drug offenses.
"I've never been in trouble in my life, not even a ticket," Angelo told Sortman, who ordered him to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $60,000 bail.
Sortman also arraigned Sandreyah H. Helt, of 2005 Reach Road, but she was staying with a male friend at the motel in Old Lycoming Township at 2295 Lycoming Creek Road.
She was taken into custody about 5 p.m. Monday after arriving at the motel, where police seized 210 bags of heroin from her guest room.
Police said they obtained a search warrant to go through her room after an officer came upon two men in a Cadillac who had bags of heroin they claimed came from Helt.
The two men, ages 57 and 31, were sitting in a car in the 1900 block of Lycoming Creek Road. The officer became suspicious after spotting a packet of suspected heroin on the passenger floor, police said.
The older man told police he arranged a heroin drug sale between Helt, who goes by the street name "Girlie," and the 31-year-old man. The alleged sale of five heroin bags actually took place across from the motel.
Following the sale, the younger man gave the older man two of the bags, which the older man, according to police, admitted to "eating," police said. The older man claimed Helt sold heroin to him more than a dozen times "at or near the Budget Inn," police said.
Neither man has been charged.
Helt faces charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of heroin and related offenses. She was jailed in lieu of $90,000 bail.