Man arrested for drugs

A city man who allegedly sold crack cocaine to a police informant is now in jail.

Charles “Lou” Vessels, 25, was arrested Thursday night after an Altoona police informant allegedly bought $200 worth of cocaine from Vessels at his apartment at 1212 Sixth Ave., according to charges filed Friday.

Police said the informant tried hiding two small bags of cocaine in a hallway of the apartment, and when confronted, told police she planned to come back and retrieve it later, but it was found by officers when Vessels was arrested after the controlled cocaine buy at 3:30 p.m. Thurs­day.

Police said numerous small bags of crack cocaine — called “50s” — weighing a total of about half an ounce were discovered at the arrest and another 10 small bags were discovered when a search warrant was executed a few hours later.

Police said Vessels admitted to flushing about three grams of crack when police came to the door to arrest him after the informant had been there to buy cocaine, and also admitted to that sale and another one on Wednesday.

Along with the cocaine, police also recovered the $200 spent by the informant in the controlled buy as well as another $610.

Some marijuana and drug paraphernalia also were taken by police from the home.

Vessels was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger on felony and misdemeanor drug delivery and possession charges and placed in Blair County Prison in lieu of a total of $120,000 cash bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 20 at Central Court.


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