Three residents jailed after heroin discovery

Three people are behind bars after Altoona police found thousands of dollars worth of heroin.

Jordon M. Havlin, 20, of 2509 W. Chestnut Ave., Apt. 2 rear; Amanda L. Ivory, 20, of 610 Fourth Ave., Apt. 3; and Zakkary R. Mannarino, 21, of 1009 Second Ave., remain in Blair County Prison after their arrest Sunday on felony and misdemeanor drug charges.

According to police, Altoona police patrolmen Mick Johnson and Matthew McMurray encountered Havlin and Mannarino as the pair walked down the 600 block of the Fourth Avenue alley, and after the officers, who were riding together, circled the block, they noticed the two men hunkered down in the front seat of a car.

That car, a Buick that belongs to Ivory and was parked behind her apartment, reeked of marijuana smoke, police said, and lying out in the open, on the rear, floor of the car was heroin.

When police talked to Ivory, who is Mannarino’s girlfriend, at her apartment, she allegedly gave officers permission to search the apartment and admitted Mannarino sold pot, but claimed not to know anything about heroin. Police noted that after officers found additional heroin and a scale in a kitchen, officers sought and were granted a search warrant.

In all, 10.6 grams of bulk heroin, $1,850 in cash and assorted paraphernalia were seized from the apartment, police said. The heroin was worth close to $10,000.

Ivory was placed in Blair County Prison in lieu of $25,000 cash and bail was set for Havlin and Mannarino at $30,000 cash. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 14 before Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey Auker.