Shamokin man accused of selling pot, coke out on bail
SHAMOKIN - A city man was released on bail Friday after being charged Thursday with selling cocaine and marijuana to a confidential informant.
Keith Nixon, 27, no address given, was placed in prison Thursday on $10,000 bail after a video arraignment before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, of Shamokin. Online court records show Nixon was released on bail Friday.
According to court documents filed by Shamokin City Police Cpl. Bryan Primerano, a confidential informant told officers Oct. 11 that Nixon and another individual, Jason Russell, were looking to sell cocaine and marijuana. Later that day, police gave the informant $110 in drug-buy money for a purchase.
While under surveillance, the informant met Russell at Shamokin and Commerce streets, and the two met up with Nixon. After a short ride, the informant dropped off Nixon and Russell at a convenience store and went to the Shamokin Police Station where he turned over cocaine and marijuana.
Russell, 27, of 510 E. Commerce St., was arrested Tuesday after a search warrant for his home was served shortly after 8 p.m.
Police allegedly found six packets of Spice, a synthetic marijuana, hidden in a bathroom ceiling. Plastic bags believed to have been used to package narcotics, a cell phone allegedly used to set up deals with the informant and $312 was also reportedly seized.
Russell was arraigned on multiple felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal use of a communication facility and criminal conspiracy, after making six drug deals, four in October and two earlier this month.
Nixon was charged with two felony counts each of delivery of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and felony charges of criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a communication facility. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday before Gembic.