2013-03-28 / Local & State

Albert Hess Arrested On New Drug Delivery Charges

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

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A McConnellsburg man currently awaiting sentencing on two cases involving the sale of prescription pills was arrested Friday afternoon after allegedly selling additional pills to a confidential informant.

Albert “Jake” Hess of 111 Woodside Drive, Apt. A-11, was remanded to the Franklin County Jail following arraignment on one count each of delivery and possession of a controlled substance. He remains incarcerated in lieu of $100,000 bail.

An affidavit of probable cause filed in this newest case indicates an undercover officer with the Pennsylvania State Police in Hollidaysburg met with a confidential informant at 2:40 p.m. on March 22. The officer followed the informant to the Cardinal Glenn Apartments where the informant allegedly met with Hess, 66.

“Albert was sitting in his truck. He got out, and we walked into Building A and then into Albert’s apartment. Once inside the apartment, we went into the living room, and Albert stated that he would sell me 10 Hydrocodone pills for $60. I then put $60 on the coffee table, and Albert handed me 10 pills. We talked awhile, and I left,” said the affidavit, quoting the informant.

A preliminary hearing in this case has been set for April 1 in Fulton County Central Court.

Meanwhile, Hess is still awaiting sentencing in connection with guilty pleas entered to two counts of delivery of a controlled substance. He appeared in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas earlier this month and was granted a continuance due to back-related medical issues.

The charges stem from the controlled buy of Hydrocodone tablets at pull-offs along Route 913 and North Hess Road in northern Fulton County during October 2011. Hess’s wife, Gayle L. Hess, drove the couple to the locations. The 65-year-old is currently serving a 36-month sentence through the intermediate punishment program for her involvement in the sales. The sentence began on March 5 with two months incarceration in the Franklin County Jail and will be followed by six months of electronic monitoring.

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