2013-04-18 / Local & State

Mills Pleads In Drug Cases

To be sentenced June 18
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Randy Mills Randy Mills Having been in Fulton County Court of Common Pleas several times since his arrest in mid-January, a McConnellsburg man appeared again last week for entry of a plea to drug-related charges.

Randy Edward Mills of 102 Lincoln Way West, Apt. F, McConnellsburg, stood before Judge Angela R. Krom on Tuesday, April 9, for call of the criminal trial list on four separate cases, each involving one count of delivery and possession of a controlled substance.

The charges stem from from a month-long, undercover drug operation in McConnellsburg Borough where several hand-to-hand purchases of marijuana were allegedly made from Mills. A series of complaints and affidavits of probable cause filed against the 50-year-old and co-defendant Corey Allen Hann of Big Cove Tannery, indicate the controlled buys occurred twice on January 8, as well as once on January 10, 11, 17 and 18.

Mills, who was accompanied in court proceedings by Fulton County Public Defender Dwight Harvey, entered a guilty plea to two counts each of delivery of a controlled substance 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 state police Cpl. William Baker in a news release issued following the duo’s arrest. “Mills would then sell and/or trade the marijuana for other narcotics (prescription medications) in the Mc- Connellsburg area out of his apartment.”

Furthermore, search warrants were served at Mills’ apartment, as well as at Hann’s residence located at 494 Licking Creek Township. The searches netted additional packaged marijuana, drug paraphernalia, prescription pills and cash at Mills’ home as well as over 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 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.

The officer would later buy four baggies of alleged marijuana from Mills for $100 in confidential funds, the affidavit says.

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