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Blair County man jailed after another man dies of drug overdose

Jesse Almeida, 21. of Altoona. (Photo: Cambria County Prison)

RICHLAND TOWNSHIP - A Blair County man is facing multiple drug charges after an incident Thursday in which a man died of a drug overdose at a house in the 700 block of Mount Airy Drive.

Jesse Almeida, 20. of Altoona, is charged with possession of a controlled or counterfeit substance, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, criminal trespassing, marijuana possession and false report to law enforcement authorities.

Richland Township police said Almeida told them he also goes by the name Jason.

According to a criminal complaint, Almeida eventually admitted to flushing drugs down the toilet before their arrival.

After the man’s body was removed from the house, Almeida was told he would not be allowed back inside until the homeowner returned to town.

The homeowner’s daughter called police later that afternoon and said Almeida was passed out on the couch.

Almeida was found in possession of marijuana, syringes, six stamped bags of heroin and other paraphernalia.

Almeida is in the Cambria County Prison after failing to post 10 percent of $65,000 bail.

His preliminary hearing is set for May 25 at 1 p.m.

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