Heroin charges filed against 3 in Pa.

January 03, 2000|By DON AINES

SCOTLAND, Pa. - Three local men face felony drug charges after Pennsylvania State Police stopped a car Sunday night and seized 120 packets of suspected heroin and four ounces of suspected marijuana.

Chad Allen Warren, 21, of 1418 Johnson Road, Chambersburg; William Paul Ryan II, 25, no fixed address; and James Charles Arnal Thomas, 31, of 993 N. Franklin St., Chambersburg, were each charged with possession of heroin with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and criminal conspiracy, according to state police.

All three were arraigned before District Justice Larry Meminger and jailed on $50,000 bond each.

The investigation that led to the three being charged was a joint effort with the Chambersburg Police Department, state police said. Borough police had developed information over the past few days that three men would travel to Philadelphia to purchase heroin.

The car to be used for the trip was identified and "We put a surveillance on the vehicle," Chambersburg Police Detective Sgt. Dianne Kelso said. The affidavit of probable cause said it was a red Honda.


Kelso said she was not at liberty to discuss how the department came to begin investigating the three men.

Late Sunday afternoon, borough police alerted state police the car was leaving the borough. State police followed it north on Interstate 81 to the Carlise interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. At 11:15 p.m. police spotted the car getting off the turnpike onto southbound I-81, the affidavit said.

The car was stopped when it got off Interstate 81 at Exit 8 in Greene Township at 11:45 p.m. Members of the state police Troop H Vice Unit and the borough's Crime Impact Team got a search warrant for the vehicle, police said. A borough police dog and handler took part in the search.

The heroin was worth an estimated $3,500 and the marijuana about $350, state police said.

Warren, Thomas and Ryan remained in jail Monday, a prison official said.

Late last year the Franklin County District Attorney's Office proposed a heroin initiative to fund investigations into heroin trafficking. The $158,000 proposal called for hiring two full-time county detectives.

The money would come from a $50,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, $48,000 from the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office and $30,000 each from Franklin County and its 22 municipalities, according to Assistant District Attorney Angela Krom.

"Because of the generous contributions from some of the municipalities, we're over $30,000," Krom said. Only two municipalities, Orrstown and Montgomery Township, have yet to contribute, she said.

According to Franklin County Drug and Alcohol statistics, the number of people being treated for heroin abuse through that agency rose from none in the 1995-96 budget year to three in 1996-97, 49 in 1997-98 and 51 in 1998-99.

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