Alleged Heroin Dealer Enters Plea
An alleged heroin dealer made his first appearance in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Tuesday morning, pleading to criminal charges that he sold drugs to an undercover Pennsylvania State Police officer in a school zone.
Twenty-three-year-old Dustin Don England Jr. stood before President Judge Douglas W. Herman in connection with four criminal cases that were filed by state police in early July through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.
Waiving his right to mandatory arraignment on one count of possession with intent to deliver, two counts of criminal conspiracy, three counts of delivery of a controlled substance and four counts of possession of a controlled substance, England opted to enter a guilty plea to two counts each of delivery and possession of heroin. Maximum penalty in the combined cases is 32 years incarceration and $510,000 in fines.
Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall pointed out the location of the alleged crimes was an apartment at Cardinal Glenn Apartments, which is in the school zone of the Central Fulton School District and carries a mandatory sentence.
England, who resides at 511 Woodside Drive, Apt. E- 11, McConnellsburg, a different Cardinal Glenn apartment than where the transactions occurred, told Judge Herman he was approached by a friend who knew of someone wishing to purchase some heroin. In three of the incidents that occurred June 24 and 25 and July 2, an undercover officer was involved in the controlled buys of heroin.
In the final incident on July 10, England and co-defendant Holly Ward were arrested by state police as they returned home to Woodside Drive in McConnellsburg. Ward, according to an affidavit of probable cause, allegedly possessed one gram of heroin and a needle, which she attempted to put down the back seat of a patrol vehicle.
The charging documents indicate both England and Ward admitted to arresting officers they had travelled to Hagerstown, Md., where they picked up approximately two grams of heroin to bring back to Fulton County and sell. They also told police they used some of the heroin on the ride home, the affidavit alleges.
Ward is tentatively slated to appear in county court Tuesday, August 27, for arraignment on similar drug allegations. Meanwhile, England’s sentencing was delayed until September 17 as officials await lab testing results of the suspected heroin. The weighing and testing could take as much as an additional nine to 11 weeks to complete and are received by the district attorney’s office.