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Philadelphia man faces felony drug charges

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A Philadelphia man faces felony drug charges after informants identified him to Centre County investigators.

According to the criminal complaint filed by State College police, the Centre County Drug Task Force developed two confidential informants who identified Azim Robinson, 29, as an individual allegedly selling large amounts of heroin and cocaine in the county and other areas.

Officers were contacted by the informants Thursday saying Robinson would be in the State College area and had made arrangements to purchase heroin from him when he arrived, police said. One informant stated an agreement had been made to purchase two grams of heroin for $600.

At about 7:25 p.m. Thursday, Robinson’s vehicle was located in Patton Township along North Atherton Street, police said. The driver was allegedly identified as Robinson, who was driving with a male passenger.

The informants allegedly made arrangements to meet with Robinson to purchase the heroin near Wal-Mart. After Robinson was seen exiting the Dollar Tree with the other individual, officers approached his vehicle and, “based on aforementioned facts and circumstances,” placed him under arrest.

Robinson was taken to a holding cell at the State College police station, police said. It was noted on the surveillance camera that while in the cell, he allegedly appeared to be placing an item in the toilet and flushing it.

A search of his vehicle revealed numerous blue bags inside a brown box, plastic bags and a digital scale, police said. Texts between Robinson and the informants were allegedly found on his phone discussing purchasing heroin and cocaine.

According to the complaint, officers believed Robinson intended to deliver two grams of heroin to the informants in the parking lot. Officers believe he destroyed the suspected heroin by flushing it at the police station.

Robinson was arraigned Friday before District Judge Steven Lachman, according to court documents, and charged with felony charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communication facility, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $75,000.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 23.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews

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