2013-01-16 / Local & State

Drug Delivery Case Continued

Maryland man accused of selling cocaine here
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz


A criminal case involving the alleged sale of cocaine in southern Fulton County has been continued for a later date.

Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Shawn Meyers granted a continuance last Tuesday in the case against Ronald Oduro-Anokye of 354 Dual Highway, Apartment 135, Hagerstown, Md. The 29-year-old currently remains free on $50,000 unsecured bail.

Charges of delivery and possession of a controlled substance against Oduro-Anokye stem from an alleged controlled drug purchase outside the Warfordsburg Exxon on February 19, 2012.

In an affidavit of probable cause filed through Magisterial District Judge Tamela Bard, an undercover officer with the Pennsylvania State Police in Hollidaysburg alleged he and a confidential informant drove to the gas station located at 287 Great Cove Road at 11:10 a.m.

The charging documents maintain a black convertible Saab owned by Oduro-Anokye was parked at the station’s pumps with its hood up. The informant and the Maryland man both got inside the vehicle, and the informant allegedly exited seconds later with with a plastic baggie containing four individual baggies of suspected cocaine, police said. Eight hundred dollars was exchanged in the transaction.

The officer and informant left the area and last saw Oduro- Anokye across the Bethel Township roadway checking out a vehicle in a parking lot that was for sale, the affidavit stated.

The suspected drug was sent to the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Lab in Harrisburg for analysis. The results confirmed the substance was indeed cocaine and tipped the scales at 11.4 grams.

Police added when the controlled buy occurred Trooper Derek Johnson of the Bedford state police barracks and troopers Kenneth Falkosky and Joseph Watkins from Mc- Connellsburg were conducting surveillance in the area.

Oduro-Anokye is represented in court proceedings by defense attorney James Reed.

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