Police bust heroin dealer near Lafayette housing

An arrest for heroin possession comes a month after a meth lab was busted at 520 Monroe St., next to Lafayette student residences. Meth labs operated by the culprits were found at other locations across the Easton area.

An arrest for heroin possession comes a month after a meth lab was busted at 520 Monroe St., next to Lafayette student residences. Meth labs operated by the culprits were found at other locations across the Easton area.

Walter Burkat

Photos by Nicole Maselli ‘14 | The Lafayette

Easton resident Jamil Kasim “Gangsta” Henderson, 22, was arrested by the Easton Area Police Department on September 6 for counts of heroin possession and intent to sell.

Henderson was apprehended in his own home, on the 500 block of Parsons Street, around 12:30 p.m. while preparing to deliver an $80 supply to an undercover officer on Cattell Street. Along with the ten wax-paper packets seized immediately during the arrest, EAPD also collected other drug paraphernalia.

“There were about five cop cars including two K-9 units and a large brown paper bag was taken from the house and a man was put into one of the cars and taken away,” Tori Ueland ‘14, who lives on the 500 block of Parsons Street, said. “The cops didn’t speak to us; there were about eight of us standing outside watching it happen.”

“It was probably like one to two p.m. Before the guy was taken we saw a K-9 dog leave the house holding a stuffed sock,” Lindsey Yang ‘14, who lives with Ueland, said. “There was a resident sitting on the porch and also what looked like an undercover cop was there too because he had a badge and also a gun.”

When asked about her reaction to the event, Yang said, “We felt better that there was clear infiltration of illegal activity, but we are still not sure of what exactly happened. We both were concerned and confused about what was going on. We hoped the police officers would have informed us if we needed to take any precaution or just be aware of anything.”

This is not Henderson’s first brush with the law. He was arrested twice in 2010 for intent to manufacture and sell illicit narcotics, and again in July 2013 for providing false information to police when he was pulled over for a headlight violation.

Henderson’s bail was posted at $7,500 and a preliminary hearing took place at 9 a.m. on September 13. Lafayette College Public Safety was notified of the situation.