Cops dupe drug dealer
ELYSBURG - A New York man was taken into custody Wednesday morning after he allegedly sold $1,100 worth of heroin to a confidential informant and was found with an additional 159 bags of heroin in his vehicle.
Ralpho Township Patrolman Christopher Grow and Agent David Jordan of the state attorney general's office spearheaded the investigation that led to the arrest of Pedro Jose Acosta Jr., 39, of Brooklyn, N.Y., in a playground parking lot behind the Ralpho Township Municipal Building.
Officers from Coal Township, Ralpho Township, Shamokin, Mount Carmel and Mount Carmel Township assisted in the probe.
According to a criminal complaint filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, Acosta met with the informant at the Sheetz convenience store at Routes 487 and 54 at about 10 a.m. before both men entered
Acosta's dark blue Lexus and drove across the road to the playground.
Police said Acosta then sold the informant 100 bags of heroin for $1,100 before departing the playground area and turning left onto Route 487. Police initiated a traffic stop on Acosta, who was under police surveillance from the time he left the Danville area to complete the drug transaction in Elysburg.
Upon taking Acosta into custody, police discovered another 159 bags of heroin and a total of $1,258.31 in cash, including the $1,100 he received from the informant for the 100 bags of heroin.
Acosta was arraigned Wednesday afternoon by Jones on felonies of delivery of heroin, possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of heroin, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The charges were filed by Grow and Jordan.
Acosta was committed to Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury in lieu of $200,000 cash bail and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing July 30 before Jones.