2011-06-30 / Local & State

Harrisonville Man Jailed In Drug Delivery

Shane DeShong held in lieu of $30,000
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Paul “Shane” Deshong Paul “Shane” Deshong A Harrisonville man was set to appear in Fulton County Central Court Monday for a preliminary hearing on two counts each of delivery and possession of a controlled substance.

Twenty-twoyear old Paul “Shane” Deshong of 1578 Forrestdale Road was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police officers from the McConnellsburg barracks on Tuesday, June 21, in connection with two controlled drug buys earlier this year.

Charges against DeShong were filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott, who set bail at $30,000 during arraignment proceedings. Unable to post sufficient funds, DeShong was remanded to Franklin County Prison.

The two controlled purchases of heroin were overseen by local officers and undercover officers from the Troop G Vice Unit during the months of January and February at a Todd Township residence.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, a confidential informant was given $90 in state police money, known as confidential funds, on January 20. The informant, police said, text messaged DeShong regarding buying heroin. The money was allegedly exchanged at the end of the sidewalk in front of the residence for three packets of heroin, the affidavit of probable cause said.

On February 24 at the same residence, an officer hid inside a bedroom closet and watched the informant speak with DeShong about getting more heroin.

“DeShong stated that he could get off one guy, but he would have to take the money and run and get the stuff,” alleged the affidavit. “DeShong stated that a bag was $30 a piece. The confidential informant related the money ($180) was on the dresser.”

DeShong, police stated, returned to the home over an hour later and said his supplier only had five bags of heroin.

“DeShong spoke about another supplier that he knew and that person wanted him to make a run to pick up 15 grams of heroin that night, but DeShong stated that he could not go,” the affidavit said. “ The informant then advised Deshong to put the heroin in his top dresser drawer for now because he was going to take a nap.”

Field testing revealed the evidence seized was indeed heroin. All suspected drugs confiscated during the controlled buys were then sent to the state police crime lab located in Harrisburg for additional testing.

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