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Suspected drug dealer caught in Clearfield motel


Lawrence Township, PA – A man suspected of dealing heroin and methamphetamine out of a Clearfield area motel room has been jailed.

Lawrence Township Police received reports that 50-year-old Thomas Derydt from Ridgway was selling drugs from his room at the Red Roof Inn near Clearfield.

Police obtained a search warrant and went to his room at the motel on Friday. They found heroin, crystal meth, a large amount of cash, a scale typically used for weighing drugs to sell them, and drug paraphernalia.

Derydt was arrested and transported to the Lawrence Township Police station. While there, officers say he became irate and threatened the officers, eventually breaking a police department shackle.

He’s being housed at the Clearfield County Jail on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substances, other related offenses, and parole violations.