A man from Roaring Branch has been charged after allegedly purchasing drugs from a person who was under police surveillance at the time.
Clayton Tillotson, 25, faces one ungraded felony for possession with intent to deliver heroin and one third degree felony count of criminal use of a communication facility. In addition, he has been charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance, and two summary traffic offenses.
On April 25, 2018, state troopers were assisting the Lycoming County Narcotics Unit with a controlled heroin purchase in the parking lot of the Third Street Kmart in Loyalsock Township. The officers were after a specific target, who was named in the affidavit. While they waited for their target to appear, officers watched as a man who, "had the appearance of a heroin user," drove a silver Subaru Legacy into the parking lot. Officers later identified this man as Tillotson.
According to reports, Tillotson used his cell phone to message someone as he was waiting. Soon thereafter, the officer's original target pulled his vehicle in next to Tillotson's Subaru, according to court record. Tillotson allegedly got out of his own vehicle and into the target's vehicle. After being in the there a short time, he allegedly got out, back into his own vehicle, and drove away.
State troopers pulled Tillotson over in the front parking lot of the Giant Grocery Store. When officers told Tillotson that they suspected he had just purchased narcotics, he allegedly revealed that he had 53 bags of heroin on him. Officers also found that his license was currently expired, according to the affidavit.
Tillotson will face a formal arraignment before Lycoming County Judge Ryan M. Tira on Feb. 24, 2020. He has since been remanded to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail set by District Judge Gary A. Whiteman.
Correction made: date of the offense changed.