Heroin, Marijuana Seized During Arrest
Thirty- two- year- old Michael Becker was arrested on Saturday, February 26, on two counts each of delivery and possession of a controlled substance, Pennsylvania State Police in Hollidaysburg reported. He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne and sent to the Franklin County Prison in lieu of $80,000 bail.
In an affidavit of probable cause filed by vice officers, police maintain a confidential informant agreed to purchase heroin from Becker, who would “make a run to York to pick up a brick of heroin.”
The informant and Becker, of 275 Weight Road, Artemas, met at a parking area along Taylor Road at 9:30 a.m. on February 26. The informant reportedly gave $300 in marked bills to Becker, who remarked he would return in about four hours.
Following a telephone call to announce his pending arrival, Becker returned to the parking lot in Dublin Township at 7:55 p.m. He allegedly retrieved two bundles containing 20 bags of heroin from a toolbox in the rear of a 1999 Mercury Mountaineer, police said in the charging documents.
With the informant having observed additional suspected drugs in the toolbox, state police officers Cpl. Brian Lewis and Trooper Roger Sheffield of the Mc- Connellsburg barracks pulled over the vehicle and placed Becker under arrest.
Using a search warrant, state police reportedly located 16 additional bags of heroin inside the vehicle as well as a one- quarter pound of suspected marijuana. Both the heroin and marijuana were field tested with positive results.
A preliminary hearing set for Monday before Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson was continued for a later date to allow Becker ample time to retain the services of a defense attorney.