Police: Heroin found on man accused of threatening to kill stranger
NUMIDIA - A Mount Carmel man said he was looking for his friend when he followed a Jeep onto a private driveway Monday night and allegedly threatened to kill someone, according to Locust Township police.
When Joseph M. Lamas, 32, of 243 S. Chestnut St., was taken into custody and searched, Cpl. Christopher Snyder said he found 36 packets of heroin and hypodermic needles in Lamas' cargo shorts.
Lamas followed a Jeep into the driveway of 879 Bear Gap Road at 9:12 p.m., got out of his 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe and began shouting threats and obscenities, according to a criminal complaint. When the Jeep's driver yelled to the home's occupant to "get the gun," Lamas got back into the pickup and backed out, driving to a neighboring driveway at 897 Bear Gap Road and continuing to shout "I'm going to kill you" and "help."
According to police, Lamas said he was trying to find his friend's house, with whom he was on the phone when the signal cut out. He told police he was slated to go to a drug rehabilitation facility the next day.
Police said Lamas was also found in possession of two crack pipes and other heroin-related paraphernalia. He is charged with felony possession of heroin and paraphernalia, misdemeanor drug and paraphernalia possession and terroristic threats, and summary disorderly conduct and driving without a valid inspection.
He was arraigned Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge Marvin Shrawder, Danville, and committed to Columbia County Prison, Bloomsburg, in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.