A man caught with $18,000 worth of heroin during a traffic stop on Interstate 99 in Centre County will spend up to seven years in state prison in the case.
Al Mumin Y. Diaz was sentenced to serve seven to 14 years and to pay $35,000 this week by Centre County Judge Pamela A. Ruest.
Diaz was convicted on all charges, including possession with intent to deliver, at a one-day jury trial in September.
Assistant District Attorney Nathan Boob told the jury that Diaz was transporting the drugs from New Jersey to Altoona in January when he was pulled over by state police in Centre County.
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Prosecutors said police found 600 bags of heroin with a street value of $18,000, a cashiers check for $14,873, $1,114 in cash, four cell phones and smaller amounts of various other drugs, including marijuana and the synthetic drug “Molly.”
Boob said Diaz admitted to police that he was a drug dealer, saying “I run this (expletive) ... I just do this to survive.”
“Mr. Diaz was in the business of peddling poison at the expense of each of the addicts he supplies,” Boob said at the trial. “He survives at their expense.”