Pa. man faces drug charges

July 21, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A borough man was charged with possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine after Chambersburg Police said 50 grams of the drug were found in his home last week.

The report said Timothy M. Banks Jr., 34, of 134 W. Catherine St., was also charged with possession of cocaine, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Banks was arraigned before District Justice John P. Weyman Friday. He was released after posting $50,000 bond Saturday, according to a Franklin County Prison official.

Police said the search of Banks' home was conducted by the department's Special Emergency Team at 1:55 p.m. Friday. Police said the search warrant was obtained after an investigation by the department's Crime Impact Team.


The suspected crack cocaine showed positive in a field test and was worth an estimated $5,000, according to police.

The report said cocaine residue was found in a downstairs bedroom dresser, along with suspected drug paraphernalia, including weighing scales, razor blades, a knife and plastic sandwich bags. The affidavit of probable cause alleged some of the paraphernalia had drug residue on them.

The affidavit alleged marijuana was also found in the same bedroom, identified as Banks' room.

The police report said two handguns, one "military-style sniper rifle" and a bulletproof vest were also seized.

According to the Franklin County District Attorney's Office, Banks is scheduled for an Aug. 21 trial without jury on charges of delivery of crack cocaine and criminal conspiracy filed by borough police. Those charges stemmed from an incident on May 9, 1997.

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