2010-11-04 / Front Page

Mother and son arrested on drug charges

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Beverly Spriggs 
Beverly Spriggs A mother and son from the McConnellsburg area were lodged in the Franklin County Prison last week on accusations of drug delivery and possession following a series of undercover buys during the month of October.

Beverly L. Spriggs, 64, of 131 Heritage Drive, and Christopher J.C. Spriggs, 37, of 102 Lincoln Way East, Apt. E, were taken into custody on Friday, October 29, by Pennsylvania State Police undercover vice officers and troopers from the Mc- Connellsburg barracks. The arrests occurred after Christopher Spriggs was allegedly involved in a “buy/bust,” and a search warrant was executed at Beverly Spriggs’ home.

The duo were arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott. Bail was set at $150,000 for Christopher Spriggs, who is currently on federal probation for a prior drug conviction that netted him a total of 84 months in federal prison. Beverly Spriggs was also sent to the Franklin County Prison in lieu of bail and has since been released.

Charges filed against Beverly Spriggs include two counts each of delivery and possession of a controlled Christopher Spriggs Christopher Spriggs substance and stem from buys made by a confidential informant inside and on the front porch of Spriggs’ trailer. The buys occurred on October 21 at 1:30 p.m. and October 28 at 11:20 a.m. A total of three Oxycontin tablets were allegedly purchased during the transactions for $30 per pill.

Christopher Spriggs was arrested on one count each of criminal attempt and theft by unlawful taking or disposition as well as delivery and possession of a controlled substance. Delivery of a controlled substance, a felony, carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

An affidavit of probable cause filed in the case against Christopher Spriggs maintains the Mc- Connellsburg man was given $500 by a confidential informant on October 22 in exchange for crack cocaine. Spriggs allegedly told the informant he would make a trip to Harrisburg for the drugs and return with them as soon as he could. Spriggs took the money but never showed up at the Estate Drive, McConnellsburg, town house with the cocaine, the charging documents state.

In addition, the informant went on to contact Christopher Spriggs on October 29 in an attempt to purchase Oxycontin tablets. One hundred dollars was reportedly paid to purchase a total of two pills.

Both Beverly and Christopher Spriggs will appear in Fulton County Central Court on Monday, November 8, for preliminary hearings.

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