Accused heroin dealer Silas J.E. Trafford seemed to be wrestling with his emotions Wednesday night as District Judge Gary A. Whiteman set his bail at $400,000.
The 22-year-old South Williamsport man is alleged to have bartered heroin in exchange for a stolen 55-inch flat screen television set state troopers recovered from his apartment at 315 Reynolds St. Wednesday morning. The television was stolen from Pennsylvania College of Technology's student center on April 10, police said.
When police arrived at the apartment with a search warrant, they saw "10 baggies of heroin" in plain view, Trooper Joseph Akers wrote in an affidavit. Trafford also allegedly had cocaine in his possession.
Trafford was arraigned before Whiteman on charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of cocaine, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.
Alarmed by the number of heroin cases he sees coming before him, Whiteman told Trafford he was demanding high bail because he was concerned about the public's safety.
Unable to post the bail, Trafford, choking back tears, was committed to the Lycoming County Prison.