2013-02-13 / Local & State

Alleged Drug Dealer Waives Arraignment

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

NEWS EDITOR

A Maryland man accused of selling cocaine outside a southern Fulton County business appeared in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas this week.

Twenty-nine-year-old Ronald Oduro-Anokye waived his right to mandatory arraignment on Tuesday, February 12, during a brief appearance before Judge Shawn Meyers. In turn, Oduro-Anokye entered a not guilty plea to one count each of delivery and possession of a controlled substance and is next scheduled to appear in court on April 9 for call of the criminal trial list.

Charges against Oduro- Anokye stem from an alleged controlled drug purchase outside the Warfordsburg Exxon on February 19, 2012. An affidavit of probable cause filed through Magisterial District Judge Tamela Bard indicates an undercover officer with the Pennsylvania State Police in Hollidaysburg and a confidential informant drove to the gas station located at 287 Great Cove Road at 11:10 a.m.

The charging documents state 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 only seconds later with a plastic baggie containing four individual baggies of suspected cocaine, police said. Eight hundred dollars was reportedly 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 sitting in a parking lot for sale, the affidavit stated.

The suspected drugs were 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.

Oduro-Anokye of 354 Dual Highway, Apartment 135, Hagerstown, currently remains free on $50,000 unsecured bail. He is represented in court proceedings by defense attorney James Reed.

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