Johnstown Police Department cruiser

A Johnstown Police Department cruiser is parked outside the Public Safety Building on Monday, April 9, 2018.

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – Two Philadelphia men were jailed Monday, accused of dealing drugs from Econo Lodge on Napoleon Street in downtown Johnstown, authorities said.

City police arrested Blessen Sesay, 20, and Emmanuel Samuel, 21, both of Philadelphia, in Room 301, and seized suspected cocaine, marijuana and drug money, they said.

According to a criminal complaint, the two men allegedly checked in around midnight. A police officer went to the room and Samuel answered the door.

When the door was opened, the officer noticed what appeared to be an electric coffee grinder with white powder, a digital scale with power, a small corner of a baggie, which was tied off, and two small containers of suspected marijuana sitting on a table, the complaint said.

A small baggie was in his pocket, which Samuel said was “coke,” the complaint said.

Police said they heard the toilet flush and Sesay stepped out of the bathroom.

Both men allowed police to search the room, where they seized a paint can with chunks of suspected cocaine in a plastic bag that weighed 40.65 grams with a value of about $40,000.

Also allegedly found were two containers of suspected marijuana and $835 cash.

Samuel and Sesay were arraigned on drug charges by on-call District Judge Susan Gindlesperger, of Stonycreek Township, and sent to Cambria County Prison after each failed to post 10% of $80,000 bond.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 532-5061. Follow him on Twitter @PatBuchnowskiTD.

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