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Man with 650 bags of heroin facing charges

By Staff | Feb 17, 2016

MONTGOMERY – Damien Shaun Hartsfield, 29, of Philadelphia, has been charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and two counts of possession with intent to deliver on Sunday evening, Feb. 7 according to state police. In all, 650 bags of heroin were found inside his vehicle, police said.

Troopers were parked on Route 15, observing a silver van with two female occupants and a BMW with a female driver, according to the affidavit.

At 5:30 p.m. a white Ford Explorer pulled up and the other two vehicles followed it, according to the troopers. The troopers watched a transaction between the driver of the Ford, later identified as Hartsfield, and the people in the two cars, the affidavit said.

As Hartsfield began to drive away, the troopers blocked him, according to the affidavit. The troopers detained and searched him, finding $3,500 in cash and a cellphone on him, police said.

The women in the van attempted to run away on foot but were stopped by the police, according to the affidavit. They admitted to purchasing $110 worth of heroin from Hartsfield. The driver of the BMW admitted to purchasing heroin from him but ate one of the bags to hide it from police, according to the affidavit.

Hartsfield also was charged with criminal use of communication facility and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.

He is jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 19 in front of Judge Jon E. Kemp.