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Drugs seized in Pa.

June 24, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Sixty-eight packets of suspected heroin, some stamped "Money Talks," were seized along with $8,000 in cash Tuesday night and Wednesday morning and three men were taken into custody on drug charges by Pennsylvania State Police.

Keith M. Robison, 21, of 110 N. Franklin St., Chambersburg, was charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin and marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police. He was arraigned before District Justice David Hawbaker and taken to Franklin County Prison on $60,000 bond.

Jason M. Sellers, 23, of 1240 Prairie Drive, Chambersburg, was charged with unlawful delivery of heroin and possession of heroin and jailed on $50,000 bond, police said.

Bond was set at $50,000 for Dylan S. Weagly, 18, of 451 Paul Drive, Chambersburg. He was charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of marijuana, according to police.

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Police searched Robison's home at 9:55 p.m. Tuesday. According to the affidavit of probable cause, officers found 19 packets of heroin, about three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana, an Aculab digital scale and $7,171 in cash.

Another affidavit against Robison alleged that marijuana was sold to an informant and an undercover trooper on July 23, 1997, at a house on Memory Lane in Greene Township. The report alleged the trooper purchased the marijuana for $110.

At 12:05 a.m. Wednesday, police said an informant met with a man at the Hess service station at 1070 Lincoln Way East and bought a packet of heroin. The report said police took Sellers into custody at the station.

Two additional packets of suspected heroin were found, police said.

At 3 a.m., police searched the home of Sellers, where Weagly was staying. The search turned up 19 packets of suspected heroin stamped "Money Talks," police said. The report said police also found 66 packets containing residue they suspected to be heroin.

Also found in the home was a bag of marijuana and $1,048 in cash, according to police.

Franklin County District Attorney Jack Nelson said each of the one-dose packets was worth about $20.

"Unfortunately, this will probably become all too commonplace," Nelson said of the arrests. He said there haven't been a large number of heroin prosecutions, but he expects more in the future.

"The heroin coming in here is extremely pure, according to the people we talk to from the DEA," he said of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Nelson said the heroin, much of which he says comes from Philadelphia, is up to 90 percent pure.

Nelson, who heads the Franklin County Drug Task Force, said there have been two fatal heroin overdoses in the county this year.

The report said the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Drug Law Enforcement, the task force, Chambersburg police and its K-9 Alan assisted in the investigation and arrests.

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