Williamsport men jailed on drug charges after State College arrest

Ishmil Harris
Ishmil Harris

A pair of Williamsport men suspected of possessing and selling narcotics were arrested by State College police Wednesday night.

Reid Williams, 23, and Ishmil Harris, 31, each face multiple felony charges. Williams is accused of selling cocaine to a confidential informant late last month and again on Wednesday, according to court documents.

Police observed the alleged buy go down near the College Avenue Taco Bell Wednesday night and watched Williams get in a Subaru Outback driven by another man and drive away, police said.

Officers stopped the vehicle near the intersection of Beaver Avenue and High Street about 8:30 p.m. Williams was riding in the back, police said.

The suspected cocaine sold to the informant Wednesday, a 7 gram bag for $400, tested inconclusive when field tested by officers, according to documents. Police said that Williams told them he and Harris mixed creatine, a weightlifting supplement, with water and put it in the microwave at Williams’ State College apartment to make it look like cocaine to sell to the informant.

Williams reported they made a larger batch of fake cocaine at the same time, according to court documents. A 20 gram bag of white powder that also field tested inconclusive was found behind the seat Williams was sitting in, according to police. A small amount of suspected marijuana and 22 bags of suspected heroin was found with the powder, police said.

A search also yielded nine bags of heroin in Williams’ sock, police said. Harris is suspected of selling the heroin to Williams and supplying him in the past, police said.

The driver of the vehicle was not charged.

The men were arraigned before District Judge Tom Jordan Thursday morning. Williams is charged with two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver cocaine, conspiracy, intent to deliver a non controlled substance represented as cocaine, two counts of criminal use of a communication facility for using his cellphone to set up the controlled buys and misdemeanor drug possession. Harris is charged with felony conspiracy, 3 counts of possession with intent to deliver heroin and one count each of misdemeanor heroin and marijuana possession.

Bail was set for each at $50,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.