A Philadelphia man was arrested Tuesday after police say he was selling drugs to multiple people at the Nittany Budget Motel in Ferguson Township.
Ferguson Township police, along with members of the Centre County Drug Task Force, were surveilling the motel in an effort to find a different man wanted on criminal charges. That’s when they observed transactions they believed to be drug sales.
Police observed a maroon Nissan Frontier and white SUV park beside each other at the rear of the motel. David Blanchett Jr., 26, got out of the passenger side of the SUV and approached the driver of the truck and returned to the SUV less than one minute later, according to police.
A dark-colored hatchback pulled into the parking lot later in the day and police watched the driver approach the SUV before returning less than one minute later. Police followed the vehicle and recovered three rocks of cocaine. The driver admit to purchasing the crack cocaine for $60.
Police later made contact with Blanchett and reported a strong odor of marijuana about him and the vehicle. Blanchett was found to be in possession of 56 grams of suspected marijuana, 21 packages of crack cocaine, 18 bags of suspected heroin, four grams of hallucinogenic psilocybin mushrooms and $385.
Blanchett was charged with six felony counts of possession with intent to deliver, three felony counts of criminal use of a communication facility and misdemeanor charges of drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arraigned before District Judge Casey McClain, who set monetary bail at $25,000. Blanchett was unable to post bail and is being held at the Centre County Correctional Facility.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 7.