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2 arrested for delivering heroin in Altoona

By: WJAC Web Staff

ALTOONA, Pa. -- In yet another heroin-related drug bust, two men are in custody on suspicion of dealing the drug and selling it to undercover agents in Blair County.

Investigators with the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office said Kenneth Lucious Harrell, 25, and Nyshaun Devon Perin-Kemp, 19, both of Altoona, are facing drug delivery and possession charges.

Police said a confidential informant arranged to buy 40 packets of heroin from Harrell on Sunday. Following the buy, investigators stopped Harrell's vehicle and arrested him, finding the buy money on him and an additional 50 packets of heroin.

Kemp was a passenger in Harrell's vehicle and investigators found additional heroin near him, police said. Both men were transported to Altoona Police Department, at which time Kemp tried to throw out 10 more packets of heroin while in the police cruiser.

Agents searched the vehicle and found two cellphones and 60 more packets of heroin, police said. Both men were placed in the Blair County prison.

Police said the investigation was funded through Operation Our Town and calls to their drug hotline. In addition the PA Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, Altoona police, Blair County District Attorney's Office and the Blair County Drug Task Force were involved in the case.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times