Peck To Be Evaluated For State Program
A McConnellsburg man convicted of delivery of a controlled substance was remanded to the state correctional institution Tuesday to determine his eligibility in the state intermediate punishm e n t program.
In reviewing the criminal history and presentence investigation report prepared for the May 8 sentencing proceeding, Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall announced he had been unaware of a prior drug-related conviction involving Timothy James Peck. As a result, the adjudicated case would affect an agreement made in March when Peck pleaded guilty to two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.
The district attorney said in light of the announcement the most appropriate recommendation would be for the 24-year-old, who has an “extensive and lengthy” history of drug use, to participate in SIP. He added Peck had been dealing heroin to help with his own addiction to opiates.
In hearing Kendall’s comments, Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Angela R. Krom said she was troubled by Peck’s own admission to local Probation officers about drug use dating back almost 10 years. Drugs reportedly used by Peck over the years included marijuana, crack cocaine, pills and heroin. She added that at the time of his incarceration Peck admitted to using six to seven bags of heroin daily.
“We’re lucky you’re still here with us,” Judge Krom said.
Peck’s conviction on Tuesday stemmed from a confidential informant making two controlled purchases of heroin during the fall of 2011 at Peck’s residence located at 2113 Back Run Road in Ayr Township.
According to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case by a trooper from the Hollidaysburg station, the first incident occurred on October 3 when two informants drove to the residence at 11:30 a.m. One informant, police said, went inside the home and purchased three foil wraps containing heroin from Peck.
Later on November 14, police maintain in charging documents, two informants again went to Peck’s home. Four paper wrappers holding heroin were purchased shortly after noon.