New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
The noontime arrest of a New Castle man yesterday yielded about $6,000 worth of suspected heroin.
City police say that 28-year-old Jamar Antwan Wilson threw out a bag containing about 250 individually wrapped packages of the substance when officers pulled him over around noon in the parking lot of McGrath Manor apartments.
City narcotics officers in cooperation with members of the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force had been involved in an ongoing undercover investigation into Wilson and his suspected drug activity.
According to a criminal complaint, a confidential informant told investigators that Wilson of 830 E. Lutton St. had sold the informant heorin more than 150 times in the past seven years.
Officers arranged for the informant to purchase 10 stamp bags of heroin on a controlled buy in the city about a year ago while under surveillance.
Police met with the informant again this week and arranged another controlled buy and learned that Wilson allegedly was selling the drugs out of his Hummer. The informant got into Wilson’s hummer at the pre-arranged location, then got back out and drove away, police said.
As Wilson left the lot, officers pulled him over based upon his status as a suspended driver and a reasonable suspicion of a narcotics transaction, according to reports.
Wilson pulled into the parking lot of McGrath Manor on West Washington Street, and officers saw him throw something out of the driver’s window. One officer saw it was a plastic zipper bag and confiscated it, finding it contained 23 bundles of suspected heroin with 230 wrapped packages inside of it.
Police arrested Wilson and said they smelled marijuana coming from the inside of his vehicle. The Hummer was impounded and a drug-sniffing canine was used to sniff the vehicle. Police said it hit on the left driver’s side rear door of the vehicle.
Police then obtained a search warrant and upon searching the Hummer found the marked and logged $70 in cash that they had given to the informant for the purchase. They also found another $114 in cash in the center console, multiple empty stamp bags, burned marijuana cigarettes and a small amount of marijuana.
The informant later handed over to police another 10 stamp bags of suspected heroin that had just been purchased from Wilson in the controlled buy, police said.
Police said all of the seized subtance field tested positive for heroin and will be sent to a state police crime lab for confirmation.
Police chief Bobby Salem said last night that a stamp bag is worth $25.
Wilson is charged with two counts each of delivery of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility, and three counts each of possession with intent to deliver and possesion of a controlled substance.
He is in the Lawrence County jail, awaiting morning arraignment.