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Jury Convicts Man in State College Heroin Case

by on April 02, 2015 4:10 PM

It didn't take long for a jury to convict a former Harrisburg man for his role in the sale of narcotics in State College.

Prosecutors say a two day trial ended when the panel found Landare Hines, 38, guilty on multiple counts, after just one hour and 15 minutes of deliberations.

Hines was convicted Tuesday on two counts of criminal conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, one count of possession with intent to deliver, one count of possession of a controlled substance and other charges.

Prosecutors say Hines was bringing large amounts of drugs in from Harrisburg and New York and supplying drugs to people to sell for him.

Hines, who moved to State College two years ago, was arrested after police executed a search warrant at his apartment at Fredericksburg Court in March of last year.

Investigators reportedly discovered more than 14 grams of heroin with a street value of approximately $10,000. They also confiscated a large number of glassine bags and empty gelatin capsules used to package heroin, a digital scale, multiple cell phones, grinders, and marijuana smoking devices. 

The district attorney's office says the investigation began when the Centre County Drug Task Force made several controlled buys, using a confidential informant to purchase drugs from a woman who was allegedly working with Hines.

Police reportedly found a shoe box containing $1,630 in cash that included money from two of the controlled buys.

Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller issued a statement saying “The Defendant was using multiple people to do his dirty work and funnel poison into our community fueled by greed with no regard for the people he was harming.  We will seek a sentence that adequately reflects the harm he has caused.”


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