SHAMOKIN - An 18-year-old Reading man who was found in possession of approximately 800 packets of heroin last month waived several drug-related charges to the Court of Common Pleas in Sunbury Tuesday.

Nathan Morell, who briefly resided at 224-226 E. Dewart St., Apt. 5, Shamokin, was ordered by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III to appear for plea court Feb. 10 at Northumberland County Courthouse.

Morell initially indicated he wanted a preliminary hearing, but waived that right after conferring with county public defender Melissa Norton. He was recommitted to the county jail in lieu of $200,000 cash bail.

Morell was taken into custody Nov. 20 and charged by Shamokin Cpl. Bryan Primerano and Ralpho Township Patrolman Chris Grow with delivery of heroin, two counts of possession with intent to deliver heroin, criminal use of a communication facility, possession with intent to deliver marijuana and a misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia.

In addition to the heroin, valued at approximately $16,000, police found two plastic bags of marijuana, a marijuana grinder, three cell phones and $69 in cash on the defendant or in his apartment.

A third complaint filed by the same officers Tuesday morning charges Morell with felonies of possession of three bags of heroin with intent to deliver to a confidential informant for $60, delivery of heroin to the informant for $60 and criminal use of a communication facility, and misdemeanors of possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia related to a Nov. 15 incident.

The complaints were filed in conjunction with an investigation conducted by the Northumberland-Montour Drug Task Force.