2010-09-09 / Front Page

Boro Teen Arrested On Drug Charges

Found with crack cocaine
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER

Ryan Jefferson Ryan Jefferson A 16-year-old boy from Mc- Connellsburg has been certified as an adult and will have his day in court after allegedly smuggling multiple bags of crack cocaine into the Franklin County Prison.

Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Blaine Henderson of the McConnellsburg barracks said Ryan O’Neil Jefferson of 640 East Maple Street was arrested on August 27 after his bail was revoked and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest earlier in the day by Judge Carol Van Horn of the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas. Jefferson was coincidentally located and arrested, according to Henderson, when the vehicle he was riding in became involved in a crash along Buchanan Trail in front of Mamma’s Pizza.

In an affidavit of probable cause, the trooper went on to say Jefferson was searched by both state police representatives and members of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office prior to his transport to the Franklin County Prison at 10 p.m. No weapons, drugs or contraband were located in either search.

“During the transport Sheriff Keith Stains warned Jefferson that if he had any drugs or illegal items on him that were not yet located he should relinquish them prior to being dropped off at the prison so he wouldn’t face additional charges. Jefferson stated he didn’t have anything illegal in his possession,” said Henderson in the filing documents.

However, a strip search performed at the jail located a clear baggie inside Jefferson’s pants. The baggie, the affidavit states, contained 13 individual baggies of crack cocaine.

When asked about the suspected drugs, the affidavit said Jefferson confessed, “I got caught, bro. I got caught ... I ain’t no jake.”

As a result of the incident at the jail, Jefferson has been charged with one count of contraband and three counts of violating the controlled substance, drug, device and cosmetic act, which range in grade from a felony to misdemeanor. Charges against Jefferson were filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott on August 31.

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