Penn State Fraternity Member Facing Charges For Allegedly Selling Cocaine
A Penn State fraternity member is facing felony charges after police say he admitted to selling cocaine in the State College area, including to some of his fraternity brothers.
According to a criminal complaint, a confidential informant told police in July that Sidiky Titi Keira, 20, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was selling cocaine in State College. The informant made a controlled purchase at Keira’s University Drive apartment, during which Keira allegedly said he currently had 25 grams of cocaine and expected to be getting more once the fall semester began. Keira also said the informant would get better prices once the informant started buying “bulk” from him, according to police.
The informant made two additional controlled purchases of cocaine from Keira in August, police said.
A second informant told police later in August that Keira had said he made $3,000 to $5,000 a week selling drugs and that Keira had shown the informant a photo of himself sitting on more than a dozen gallon size bags of marijuana, according to the complaint.
On Aug. 22, police executed a search warrant for Keira’s residence and allegedly found Keira’s student ID cards with suspected cocaine residue on them, $711 in cash, digital scales and drug paraphernalia.
According to the complaint, a detective spoke to Keira, who said he recently purchased 30 grams of cocaine from a source in New York and brought it back to State College. Keira, a member of Sigma Tau Gamma, allegedly said he used some and sold some to six of his fraternity brothers. Keira also said there was no cocaine in the residence and that he had flushed 10 to 15 grams down the toilet because he was nervous after selling some earlier in the day, according to police.
Police said Keira expressed an interest at the time in cooperating with law enforcement.
A third confidential informant told police in October that a mutual acquaintance provided a Snapchat ID, later identified as belonging to Keira, for someone who could sell the informant cocaine, according to the complaint. The informant then made a controlled purchase of cocaine from Keira on Oct. 8, police said.
Keira was charged with eight felony counts of possession with intent to deliver, four felony counts of criminal use of a communication facility, four misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arraigned before District Judge Kelley Gillette Walker, who set straight monetary bail at $200,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.
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