2012-03-08 / Local & State

Two In Court On Drug Charges

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Two individuals facing drugrelated charges dating back to 2011 appeared before Fulton County Court of Common Judge Shawn Meyers this week for formal arraignment.

Jamie Elizabeth Lowery of 102 Lincoln Way West, Apt. D, Mc- Connellsburg, stood before Judge Meyers on Tuesday, March 6, for mandatory arraignment on two separate cases involving one count each of drug possession and delivery.

The criminal offenses date back to arrests made by an undercover Pennsylvania State Police officer on December 16. The alleged criminal activity involving Lowery, however, actually occurred on March 3 and June 1 at a pull-off along East Market Street in McConnellsburg Borough.

The affidavit of probable cause filed in connection with the March 3 case indicates Lowery, 57, sold 15 Percocet tablets to an confidential informant. In a separate affidavit filed by the same officer, Lowery is accused of selling 33 Vicodin tablets to an informant on June 1. A total of $180 in state police “buy money” was spent during the transactions.

In entering a guilty plea to one count each of delivery and possession, Lowery’s agreement with the commonwealth could allow her to complete three years, six months in a state correctional institution. The maximum combined penalty in this case would be 16 years incarceration and $255,000 in fines.

Lowery is scheduled to reappear in court for sentencing on April 16 following the completion of a presentence investigation report by the Fulton County Probation Department.

Also arraigned on Tuesday was 50-year-old Timothy Lee Spriggs, who police list as having addresses at Hillside Estates, McConnellsburg, and in Mount Union. Spriggs entered a notguilty plea to one count each of delivery and possession of a controlled substance. He will next appear in county court on April 10 for call of the criminal trial list. At that time, Spriggs can request a trial by judge or jury or enter a plea in the case.

Charges against Spriggs were also filed on December 16 through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott by the undercover state police officer. Documents allege Spriggs sold 20 Hydrocodone tablets to a confidential informant on September 1 in exchange for $150. The incident is reported to have occurred at a pull-off along East Market Street in McConnellsburg.

In upcoming weeks Spriggs is also scheduled to be arraigned on charges of possession of a controlled substance as well as the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges stem from a traffic stop along Gordon Drive in Hillside Estates on May 22.

Arresting officer Trooper Gary Hibner of the McConnellsburg state police substation alleged in the affidavit that among the items found in Spriggs’ possession at the time were five Suboxone 8mg films, a piece of a plastic straw containing residue, a bottle of Oxycodone pills and a plastic baggie holding several loose pills.

Both Lowery and Spriggs were represented in court by defense attorney Philip Harper.

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