Drug Arrest graphic _ 2019

Williamsport  –  An alleged narcotics dealer was arrested on Sunday after he led police on a brief foot chase Sunday morning at the 600 block of Campbell Street.

Seneca N. Mitchell, 18, of 2331 Dove St., Williamsport, was charged with manufacture, delivery and possession with intent to deliver narcotics and related charges.

Police said Officer Joshua Bell was patrolling the area around 11:30 a.m. October 27, 2019 in an unmarked cruiser when he observed a white Dodge Intrepid pull over by Memorial Avenue and Campbell Street. Mitchell hastily got out of the rear passenger door of the vehicle and stood in the parking lot of a nearby barber shop, according to the affidavit. Bell noted in the affidavit that this area has been frequented by narcotics traffickers.

When Bell exited his vehicle in an attempt to make contact, Mitchell began to flee on foot heading south. Several officers pursued him on foot as Mitchell reportedly ran to the east side of Firetree Place. He continued to attempt to flee north and then west, before being caught and detained by an officer shortly after.

Police then searched Mitchell’s path of flight and found four bundles of suspected fentanyl. “Three of the bundles were banded together and tied off within a clear sandwich style distribution bag,” Bell wrote in the affidavit. In total, police found that Mitchell possessed 45 individually packaged bags of suspected fentanyl packaged for distribution. 

Mitchell was charged with manufacture, delivery or possession of narcotics with intent to deliver and related possession charges. He was remanded to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail. District Magistrate Christian D. Frey placed Mitchell on a Nebbia hold, which requires all bail funds to be from a legitimate source.

Mitchell’s preliminary hearing is set for 2:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Frey’s office.

Docket Sheet: https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/DocketSheets/MDJReport.ashx?docketNumber=MJ-29101-CR-0000420-2019&dnh=y3zeqAnJBOEa6aJtYN8f7w%3d%3d