2013-10-10 / Local & State

Hess Headed To Trial Oct. 23

Jury to hear drug delivery allegations
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

Drug delivery allegations against a McConnellsburg man will be heard later this month.

Albert “Jake” Hess formerly of 111 Woodside Drive, Apt. A-11, will appear in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Wednesday, October 23, for a trial that will provide selected jurors with details of two incidents where Hydrocodone pills were allegedly sold to a confidential informant in 2011.

In each of the two criminal cases, Hess, 66, is charged with delivery of a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy. Each felony count of delivery carries a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

Hess was charged on October 3, 2012, by an undercover officer with the Pennsylvania State Police in Hollidaysburg. The charging documents filed in the case by the trooper maintains the controlled buys on October 24 and 28, 2011, occurred in northern Fulton County at the intersection of Waterfall and North Hess roads and at a location along Route 913.

Affidavits of probable cause state in both instances Hess arrived at the scene in a white 2002 Chevrolet Silverado truck with his wife, Gayle, behind the wheel. The confidential informant was handed a pill bottle each time containing 50 Hydrocodone tablets in exchange for $350. Furthermore, Hess told the informant he put three extra tablets in both bottles, police said.

Documents stated that during the October 28, 2011, buy, Albert Hess’s name was listed on the pill bottle.

The third and remaining alleged drug delivery case involving

Hess has been continued until the January 2014 call of the criminal trial list. In that particular incident, Hess allegedly sold 10 Hydrocodone tablets to a confidential informant on March 22. The controlled buy reportedly occurred at Hess’s former apartment in Ayr Township. Sixty dollars in state police buy money was exchanged during the transaction, said the charging documents.

Hess currently remains under the supervision of the Fulton County Probation Office and house electronic monitoring. In appearing in court Tuesday, Hess announced he is unable to reach out to possible witnesses in the 2011 cases from his home. He pointed out he is only able to do so much via telephone and was instructed to discuss the issue with his defense attorney, Eric Weisbrod.

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