MOUNT CARMEL - A Marion Heights man found in possession of $1,700 worth of heroin, $400 in cash and an assortment of drug paraphernalia last week waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Mitchell Earl Shields, 21, of 553 E. Melrose St., waived a felony of possession with intent to deliver heroin and misdemeanors of possession of heroin and possession or use of drug paraphernalia, sending his case to the Court of Common Pleas.

He was ordered by Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones to appear for plea court Oct. 20 at Northumberland County Courthouse, where he can plea guilty or no contest, or seek a trial by pleading not guilty.

Mount Carmel Township Patrolman David Stamets Jr., a member of the Northumberland-Montour Drug Task Force, filed the charges in connection with an Aug. 18 incident at the defendant's residence.

Shields was nabbed at about 12:30 p.m. by Mount Carmel Patrolman Kelly Campbell and county probation officer Dave Wondoloski while he attempted to exit his back door.

Campbell, Wondoloski and probation officer Andy Charnosky arrived at the defendant's home several minutes earlier to conduct a visit because Shields had recently changed his address.

During a search of the home, Campbell, Wondoloski and Charnosky discovered 67 bags of heroin with a street value of approximately $1,700, hypodermic needles, a black pouch, prescription bottle, spoon, cotton and $400 in cash in Shields' bathroom.

All the heroin was pre-packaged in yellow glassine bags, police reported.

Shields, who cooperated with authorities, told probation officers he was selling the bundles of heroin cheaper than everyone else.

He remains in the county prison in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.