2011-02-24 / Local & State

Drug Cases Heard In County Court

By Chanin Rotz- Mountz

Two cases involving possession with intent to deliver drugs are currently headed in two different directions after the defendants appeared for mandatory arraignment in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas.

Beverly Louise Spriggs of 131 Heritage Drive, Mc- Connellsburg, waived her right to arraignment before Judge Douglas Herman on Tuesday, February 22, on two cases linked to possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver.

The accusations and charges against Spriggs, 64, stem from the sale of multiple Oxycontin tablets to a confidential informant during October 2010.

Speaking on her behalf, Spriggs told Judge Herman she received a telephone call on October 28 from an individual asking her if she could sell him several pills. Spriggs testified she had a prescription for the pills and sold the man three tablets for $90. In connection with the incident, Spriggs entered a plea of guilty to possession with intent to deliver.

The McConnellsburg woman went on to enter a second, “negotiated” guilty plea to possession of a controlled substance as a result of an “unlawful exchange” with the same informant several days prior on October 21.

Fulton County district attorney stated he would not oppose a sentence that would fall on the lower end of sentencing guidelines. The two counts carry a combined, maximum penalty of 11 years incarceration and $105,000 in fines.

Spriggs, who is represented by defense attorney Royce Morris, will next appear in court on April 5 for sentencing.

Meanwhile, Fort Littleton resident Nathan Duvall also waived his right to mandatory criminal arraignment on charges including manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver as well as possession of a controlled substance. Duvall entered a notguilty plea and will appear for call of the list scheduled for April 12.

During the upcoming court appearance, Duvall will have one final opportunity to accept any negotiated agreements that may have been offered or to enter his own guilty plea.

Duvall of 176 Old Township Road was charged by Pennsylvania State Police in Hollidaysburg after an undercover officer allegedly made two controlled purchases of marijuana. A subsequent search of his Dublin Township home reportedly revealed two pounds of suspected marijuana in a gun storage room. Eight additional pounds of marijuana were located in the basement.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, undercover officers also discovered drug paraphernalia in the gun storage room as well as $1,885 in cash in a kitchen cabinet.

Furthermore, officers found nine marijuana plants growing in a field across from a residence, which Duvall, 51, allegedly admitted were his. Two additional plants were also discovered on the property.

The suspected marijuana was tested at the state police crime laboratory located in Harrisburg.

Duvall is represented in court proceedings by defense attorney Trudy Ann Mintz.

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