State College Police Arrest Philly Man Carrying 577 Bags Of Heroin
Philadelphia native Amir Robinson was arrested in State College with 577 bags of heroin and other drugs last Thursday when he sold drugs to a police informant.
Robinson is currently being held in the Centre County Correctional Facility in lieu of $175,000 bail, according to the Centre Daily Times. He was carrying 577 bags of heroin and more than 22 grams of cocaine in a suitcase when he was arrested.
Robinson is charged with nine felonies, including possession with intent to deliver cocaine and heroin and criminal use of a communications faciilty. He packaged the heroin in 14 bag bundles — “indicative to the sale of heroin,” police said.
“I think 577 bags of heroin is significant for any community,” Officer Kelly Aston told the CDT Monday. “It’s particularly significant for State College. That’s a lot of heroin being distributed to folks living in our area. I think that’s a big win for us, getting that off the streets.”
Robinson lives in Philadelphia, but police said he traveled to State College by bus. “We have a lot of dealers coming in from other areas setting up and dealing drugs,” Aston said. “Robinson was one of those people. He did not live here and was bringing controlled substances to the State College area, distributing them and then going back and bringing more quantities that are more significant.”
Police are worried about the Centre County area mimicking the national trend of increasing heroin usage.
“In Centre County, law enforcement has also seen an increase in heroin distribution,” Aston told the CDT. “The Centre County Coroner’s Office confirmed that 34 fatal heroin overdoses occurred in 2014 and 2015. There were also 30 non-fatal overdoses that occurred in 2014 and 2015 where the users survived. It is estimated that 234 additional police incidents occurred where heroin and/or opiates were involved.”
Photos provided to the CDT by State College Police