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In a major investigation by the county’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU), three men were arrested on April 18 for their involvement in “a pharmaceutical company” in which several sales of fentanyl were made to informants or undercover agents between mid-October and mid-December, according to an affidavit filed in the office of District Judge Aaron Biichle.

Shaquille Naim Taylor, 30, 643 Elmira St., named after the street “Grindstone,” was incarcerated on a total of 30 drug felony charges, ranging from delivery of controlled substances to conspiracy to participate in 15 “controlled purchases” which happened in the town or township of Loyalsock, according to court documents.

Nasir Marquise Lawrence, 29, of 1735 Northway Road, Apartment 10, conspired with Taylor in 10 of those 15 controlled purchases that took place between Nov. 5 and Nov. 30, investigators claimed in court documents. He faces a total of 20 drug offenses, investigators said.

Also arrested was Hafiz Durbin, 31, of Philadelphia, who was charged with one count of delivering a controlled substance and conspiracy to participate with Taylor in the sale of 0.3 grams of fentanyl to an undercover agent in the city on November 2. Durbin was incarcerated on other drug charges and has since fled from police. Shortly after the fentanyl sale, Durbin was arrested following a brief chase with city police through High and Hepburn streets. He was reincarcerated in lieu of an additional $85,000 bond. Taylor was held on the same bond. Lawrence was jailed in Lycoming County Jail in lieu of $125,000 bond.

The investigation led NEU detectives to a townhouse at 415 Hawthorne Ave., “where many bags of fentanyl were. Some were white bags stamped “Snowfall,“and some were double sealed bags with an unrecognizable black pad on them”, the affidavit stated. “A firearm was also located in an upstairs bedroom closet,” the court document said.

In a separate case, 42-year-old Philip Ray Garverick of Lock Haven was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after a half ounce of methamphetamine, worth about $400, was discovered in his jeep on Highway 44 in Nippenose Township on Dec. 16, Tiadaghton Valley area police said. Initially imprisoned, he has since been released on $10,000 bond.

In a separate case, 36-year-old Ashley Ann Johnson of 1324 W. Third St. was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence for allegedly having multiple bags of heroin-fentanyl in the 1200 block of West Fourth Street around 4:30 p.m. Jan. 6, city police said. She is free on bail after giving up her preliminary investigation.

In another drug case, Nicole Lorna Craig, 43, of York, formerly of the 400 block of West Fourth Street, was charged with conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance and unlawful use of a communication device for his alleged involvement in the sale of $200 worth of crack cocaine to an informant in the 1200 block of West Southern Avenue in South Williamsport on August 26, according to the county’s Narcotics Unit. Initially imprisoned, she has since been released on $25,000 bond.

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