Alleged Heroin Dealers Enter Pleas
An ongoing investigation into heroin trafficking in Fulton County by an undercover officer with the Pennsylvania State Police has netted multiple arrests here. On Tuesday, three Fulton County residents appeared in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas to answer to allegations of heroin delivery and possession and, in some cases, child endangerment.
McConnellsburg resident Jerrod Tyrone Jones of 513 Woodside Drive, Apt. E-13, stood before Judge Angela R. Krom to waive his right to mandatory arraignment on two separate cases involving delivery and possession of heroin. The incidents are reported to have occurred on May 30 at an apartment on Lincoln Way East and inside McDonald’s restaurant one week later on June 7.
Jones, 33, pleaded guilty to one count each of delivery and possession, and both cases reportedly involve less than one gram of the controlled substance. Maximum penalty for the two charges are 16 years incarceration as well as $255,000 in fines.
Jones told Judge Krom he was asked by a confidential informant to “score” or “get” some heroin. The eight zip-lock bags of heroin were exchanged for $200 in state police confidential funds, an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case alleges.
Jones also admitted to possessing heroin on June 7 at the Mc- Connellsburg Borough restaurant. Four zip-lock bags of heroin wrapped in a paper towel, the affidavit said, were exchanged for $190. An undercover officer watched the alleged exchange between Jones and the informant from the next row of tables in Mc- Donald’s.
A presentence investigation report will be prepared by the Fulton County Probation Office in connection with the case, with sentencing slated for September 24.
Jones remains incarcerated in the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Gary Eugene Malott of 1708 Quarry Hill Road, Warfordsburg, also waived his right to formal arraignment on August 27. Malott faces three counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of possession with intent to deliver in conjunction with three alleged inci dents involving an undercover state police officer.
The 31-year-old entered a plea in each of the three cases, including guilty pleas to possession of heroin, delivery of heroin and possession with intent to deliver heroin. Maximum, combined penalty is 31 years in prison and $505,000 in fines.
Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall pointed out, in reaching an agreement, the commonwealth does not oppose a sentence involving county or state intermediate punishment program. A county sentence should include a long-term drug-addiction program, such as that offered by Teen Challenge, he said. However, issues, such as how the cost of participating in a program would be covered, need additional review and investigation.
Malott told the court he exchanged individual packs of heroin to a man who showed up at his trailer. The amounts of heroin involved were less than one gram and four grams.
Malott was arrested on August 6 by state police troopers when he was travelling with a confidential informant back to Fulton County from Baltimore, Md. Malott said in court he was pulled over after passing the cheese factory near the Pennsylvania border.
An affidavit alleges the drugs were located inside the center console of Malott’s impounded Hyundai in a hidden container resembling a bolt.
Having set a tentative sentencing date of October 15, Fulton County Public Defender Dwight Harvey presented the court with an oral motion to have his client released on unsecured bail pending sentencing. Harvey pointed out Malott did not have to stay with the case’s codefendant in their home, but could reside with his parents in a nearby mobile home. Harvey said his only concern was the young man’s drug addiction.
Kendall pointed out history or experience has dictated that heroin addicts have trouble breaking ties without the assistance of longterm treatment. The district attorney added it would be “miraculous” if Malott was able to return home and didn’t continue using.
Judge Krom denied the motion for unsecured bail citing her concerns for additional criminal activity. He remains incarcerated in lieu of $75,000 bail in each of the three cases.
Holly Jane Ward, who maintains addresses on Hunter Lane, Warfordsburg, and 514 Woodside Drive, Apt. E-14, McConnellsburg, waived her right to mandatory arraignment on Tuesday. Ward faces two counts each of delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy; three counts of possession of a controlled substance; and one count each of possession with intent to deliver, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children.
Ward, 21, pleaded guilty to two counts of delivery of less than one gram of heroin and one count each of possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of children. Maximum combined penalty is 36 years incarceration and $515,000 in fines.
Ward explained to the court that on two occasions in June and July she possessed and delivered heroin to an undercover office in exchange for cash at a Cardinal Glenn Apartment.
In addition, Ward said that on July 10 she had picked up heroin in Hagerstown, Md. Travelling along with her at the time were her boyfriend and codefendant Dustin England Jr. and her 4-yearold daughter. On the way back to Fulton County, they were stopped by state police and arrested.
Ward admitted both she and her boyfriend had been using heroin on the return trip. England was reportedly operating the vehicle at the time of their arrest.
Police investigators said in charging documents Ward possession one gram of heroin, which she attempted to put down the back seat of a patrol vehicle along with a needle.
Ward remains in the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail. A presentence investigation report will be conducted prior to sentencing on October 15.