Police: Man sold heroin to informant

An Altoona man is behind bars after allegedly selling heroin to a police informant.

Billy “Dreads” Prophet, 21, of 403 E. Walnut Ave., Apt. H, was taken into custody Tuesday about 4 p.m. on Seventh Street after he got out of an undercover police officer’s car where he allegedly handed over $170 in heroin to an informant.

Altoona police said Prophet told the informant and undercover officer to be careful, that the heroin was “fire,” police said.

Prophet now faces felony and misdemeanor drug charges and is awaiting a preliminary hearing at Central Court on Wednesday in jail, his bail set by Magisterial District Judge Todd Kelly at $50,000 cash.

Police said Prophet initially agreed to meet with the informant at The Monkey Wharf Hotel, a bar located at 601 Fourth Ave., but when the informant wouldn’t hand over the money without the heroin, Prophet told the informant to wait, and someone would meet him.

Prophet then directed the informant to a convenience store through a text message and ultimately met up with the officer and the informant on the 500 block of Seventh Street. Police said it was while in the car, as it was parked in an alley on the 600 block of Fifth Avenue, that Prophet turned over 10 packets of heroin in exchange for the $170.