Two Netted In Undercover Drug Bust
Two Fulton County men were arrested Friday and remanded to the Franklin County Jail in lieu of bail following an undercover drug operation in McConnellsburg Borough.
Fifty-year-old McConnellsburg resident Randy Edward Mills and Corey Allen Hann, 35, of Big Cove Tannery, were arrested on January 18 by Pennsylvania State Police and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office following a hand-to-hand buy of marijuana at Mills’ apartment located at 102 Lincoln Way West.
According to Cpl. William Baker of the McConnellsburg barracks, the pair of arrests occurred following an ongoing undercover investigation that occurred during the month of January. A series of complaints and affidavits of probable cause filed against the men through magisterial district judges Wendy Mellott and Tamela Bard indicate the alleged controlled buys made by a confidential informant occurred twice on January 8 as well as once on January 10, 11, 17 and 18.
Both Mills and Hann face three counts each of delivery and possession of a controlled substance. Each felony count of delivery of a controlled substance carries a maximum penalty of 15 years incarceration and a $250,000 fine.
“ Through the investigation it was determined that Hann was growing the marijuana in Fulton County and supplying it to Mills,” said Cpl. Baker in a news release. “Mills would then sell and/or trade the marijuana for other narcotics (prescription medications) in the McConnellsburg area out of his apartment.”
Baker went on to say search warrants were served at Mills’ apartment as well as at Hann’s home located at 494 Licking Creek Road. The searches netted additional packaged marijuana, drug paraphernalia, prescription pills and cash at Mills’ home as well as more than 10 pounds of dried marijuana at the Hann residence, drug paraphernalia and a dozen firearms. Hann’s vehicle, a red 1991 Honda Accord, was also seized by law enforcement officials.
Charging documents allege Mills sold several baggies of suspected marijuana for $80 at 12:15 p.m. on January 8 and another three baggies of marijuana for $50 to the same confidential informant only 10 minutes later.
Documents also state that on January 10 an undercover state police officer from Hollidaysburg travelled to Mills’ apartment where he allegedly purchased an eighth of an ounce of marijuana from Hann. Forty-five dollars was exchanged during the buy. The same officer returned to the apartment the following afternoon and reportedly spoke personally with Mills.
“Mills stated that I wasn’t the guy he sold to the other day in the hallway, and I stated that he wasn’t the guy I bought off of on January
10, 2013,” the officer stated in the affidavit. “Mills then stated that the guy I bought off of on January 10 was his supplier, Corey Hann. Mills stated that Corey grows the marijuana at his farm ... Mills also stated that he grew marijuana for years in Fulton County but now he just sells all of Corey’s marijuana for him in Mc- Connellsburg.”
The officer then bought four baggies of alleged marijuana from Mills for $100 in confidential funds.
On January 17, two undercover state police officers reportedly met Hann in the parking lot of Harr’s store at around 1:20 p.m. The officers followed Hann to his home where he took time to speak about the family’s deer propagation before allegedly selling $20 of marijuana.
“This officer then asked Hann where he gets his marijuana, and Hann related that he grows the marijuana on his farm and that he had harvested it in October,” the affidavit said.
The final alleged transaction involving Hann occurred Friday just prior to the arrests at 3:55 p.m. at Mills’ apartment. Another $80 in confidential funds was used to purchase two baggies of suspected marijuana.
Both men are currently awaiting preliminary hearings through Fulton County Central Court.