2013-12-12 / Local & State

McNear Pleads Not Guilty

Drug delivery cases to be heard at call of the list
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Antonio McNear Antonio McNear NEWS EDITOR

A McConnellsburg man waived his right to formal arraignment this week and entered pleas in connection with a pair of criminal cases involving drug delivery.

Twenty-four-year-old Antonio Everette McNear stood before Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Shawn Meyers Tuesday for arraignment on two cases involving delivery and possession of a controlled substance and an additional case involving criminal conspiracy to commit theft of cash from the McConnellsburg Citgo service station.

McNear was charged by an undercover Pennsylvania State Police officer on August 27 through the office of Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott. Criminal complaints in the cases maintain the alleged incidents occurred on the front porch of a residence located at 606 East Maple Street, McConnellsburg. The home is located within the school zone of the Central Fulton School District.

According to affidavits of probable cause, McNear allegedly sold a quarter baggie of marijuana and 3 Oxycontin tablets to a confidential informant at 1:05 p.m. on June 5. A total of $265 in confidential funds was exchanged for the drugs, an affidavit states.

Two days later on June 7 at 12:50 p.m, McNear is accused of selling six Oxycontin tablets and a suspected baggie of Molly, also known as Ecstasy. Four hundred and eight dollars was reportedly paid for the suspected drugs.

In the service station incident on July 22, McNear allegedly conspired with Hakeem Jefferson and Kourtney Branche to steal $1,500 in cash from the business’s register under the guise of purchasing vehicle tires.

McNear of 431 Woodside Drive, Apr. D-31, entered not-guilty pleas to charges in all three cases and is next scheduled to appear in court on January 14, 2014, for call of the criminal trial list. He is represented in court proceedings by courtappointed attorney Todd Sponseller.

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