WILLIAMSPORT - Three men have been jailed and a warrant has been issued for another in relation to an alleged conspiracy, which distributed crack cocaine throughout Williamsport.
According to police, four men have been working together to cook and distribute crack cocaine from a residence located at 1010 Elizabeth St., which police called "a source house for the distribution of controlled substances."
Following an intensive, year-long investigation, police have arrested Kahlil June "C" Fulks, 26, of 1010 Elizabeth St.; Joseph T. "Buck" Wilson, 32, of 515 E. Second Ave., in South Williamsport; and Tariq Ameen "Raw" Lowe, 28, of 1546 W. Fourth St.
Tariq Lowe faces numerous charges, which include 24 counts of manufacture, delivery, or possesion with intent; 12 counts of intentional possesion of a controlled substance, 16 counts of criminal use of a communications facility, 14 counts of conspiracy maufacturing and delivery with intent, seven counts of conspiracy intentional possesion of a controlled substance, one count of possesion of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Fulks faces 12 counts of conspiracy manufacture and delivery with intent, six counts of conspiracy intentional possesion of a controlled substance, 11 counts of manufacture, delivery, or possesion with intent, five counts of intentional possesion, and five counts of criminal use of a communications facility.
Wilson has been charged with two counts of manufacture and delivery with intent, two counts of intentional possesion of a controlled substance, one count of criminal use of a communications facility, four counts of conspiracy manufacture and delivery with intent, and one count of conspiracy intentional possesion of a controlled substance.
Authorities are still searching for Tariq's brother, Naafi Maliq-Jabaar "Fee" Lowe, formerly of 1546 W. Fourth St. According to authorities, he will face similar charges.
During the investigation, which began in July of 2011, police were able to purchase a total of 784 grams of crack cocaine, using a confidential informant. Thirty controlled purchases were made, usually in amounts ranging from a half-gram, for $700; to one gram, for $1,350.
Police began maintaining constant surveillance of the residence at 1010 Elizabeth St. on March 15. Throughout the investigation, police witnessed all four men repeatedly enter the residence before and after making sales to the informant. Several times, the informant picked up Tariq, took him to the residence, and waited as he went inside to allegedly retrieve the narcotics.
Tariq allegedly told the informant several times that he would have to wait while more crack cocaine was being cooked up inside the house, which contained at least one small child and a dog, according to the affidavit.
The investigation began when a confidential informant was put into contact with Naafi Lowe. According to court records, Naafi engaged in six separate transactions with the informant from Sept. 23, 2011 to Jan. 27. Combined, the informant allegedly purchased about 165.1 grams of crack cocaine in total. This amount of crack cocaine is worth about $8,100.
The confidential also allegedly made 12 purchases of crack cocaine from Tariq from Sept. 9, 2011 to June 14. In total, the informant allegedly purchased about 288.1 grams of crack cocaine, totalling about $14,900 worth of narcotics. On April 7, the informant was also allegedly able to purchase a .40 cal. pistol from Tariq, at a price of $550, according to police.
According to court records, Tariq told the informant that "it was a good gun, but it would be reported as stolen soon." The gun was reported as stolen later that month.
From Fulks, the informant purchased about 143.3 grams of crack cocaine in six purchases which took place between April 14 and July 27. Combined, the informant purchased about about $8,100 worth of narcotics, according to court records.
From Wilson, the informant made at least one purchase of 13.1 grams of crack cocaine for $700.
All three men were arraigned before District Judge Allen P. Page III on Friday morning. Page assigned Fulks a $250,000 bail. Wilson received $125,000 bail and Lowe received $350,000 bail. All three men now are incarcerated.