Williamsport -- Police have filed numerous drug charges against a 29-year-old man who sold illegal drugs to a confidential informant on at least two separate occasions.
Detective Sarah Kinney with the Williamsport Bureau of Police conducted the controlled buys, the first of which took place on November 15, 2019. A confidential informant (CI) bought suspected crack cocaine and heroin from Timothy A. Easter. The CI was given $200, at which point they contacted Easter via cell phone to arrange to buy drugs. Easter told the CI to meet at the Starbucks parking lot on Academy St. for the exchange.
Under police surveillance, the CI was given $200 of pre-recorded police funds for the purchase and left to enter Easter’s vehicle, at which point he handed the CI the suspectected crack cocaine and heroin in exchange for the money. The deal was done in under a minute, the drugs were confiscated and sent for laboratory testing to confirm their contents.
A similar controlled buy was arranged on November 20 in the same location. The CI contacted Easter to arrange to purchase $500 of heroin. Easter agreed to the sale and directed the CI to meet him in the Starbucks parking lot once he called them back. When the CI received the call, US Marshalls then located and apprehend Easter in the parking lot.
Easter was taken into custody and found to be in possession of 90 waxine bags containing suspected heroin, a small amount of marijuana, and the “buy phone” used to orchestrate the controlled buys. He was charged with two counts of manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, possession of a controlled substance by person not regulated, and criminal use of a communication facility.
Easter had his preliminary arraignment in front of District Magistrate Frey on November 20 at which point he was unable to post bail of $75,000. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Nov. 26, but was continued until Dec. 3. Bail was reduced to $50,000 and a formal arraignment, by jury trial, was scheduled for Dec. 23 at 8:30a.m. in front of Honorable Judge Lovecchio.