While on patrol, officers of the Altoona Police Department observed a tan Buick Century traveling north on the 600 block of 8th Street at 2:36 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 11. Eighth Street is a one-way road designated for vehicles traveling south. Officers activated their emergency lights and sirens and proceeded to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle.
Officers made contact with the driver, who was unable to provide a photo ID but identified himself as Andrew K. Heffer, 40, of Altoona. While speaking with Heffer, officers saw a small baggie containing a powdery white substance laying on the floor of the vehicle in plain view through the passenger side window. Heffer was quickly placed into custody.
After opening the driver door, officers clearly saw a digital scale, a glass smoking device with burned residue, a sandwich bag that contained a powdery white substance, and a small baggie that contained a cloudy white crystal substance. Officers conducted a search before the vehicle was towed from the location. During this time, within the center console, they also located a second glass smoking device with burned residue.
Heffer was transported to the Altoona Police Department. While being interviewed by police, he stated that he was told that the white powder was carfentanil. After weighing the three baggies, officers found that the first one discovered weighed 1 g, the second one weighed 1.57 g, and the third weighed 4.04 g. The second bag was tested and determined to be methamphetamine.
Officers determined that that amount of carfentanil, packaged as it was and discovered with a working scale, is consistent with possessing narcotics for distribution rather than personal use. Heffer was charged with delivery or possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and operating a vehicle against traffic.
Heffer was arraigned by on-call Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller. He was committed to Blair County Prison with bail set at $100,000 straight cash. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Jan. 20 in Altoona Central Court.