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Four arrested on heroin charges in Pa.

April 06, 2000|By DON AINES

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Two people charged in February with criminal conspiracy and possession with intent to deliver heroin were among four people taken into custody on heroin charges Wednesday morning, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Rhonda Hess, 19, of 3483 Keller Road, St. Thomas, Pa., and Jason Belluscio, 24, of 68 S. Federal St., Chambersburg, Pa., were each charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin and criminal conspiracy after the car in which they were riding was stopped at 3:15 a.m. on Wilkinson Lane, a residential road in Guilford Township, police said.

Police said the vehicle belonged to Hess but was being driven by Nicholas Strine, 20, of 3190 Keller Road, St. Thomas. He was charged with criminal conspiracy and driving under the influence of heroin, cocaine and marijuana, police said.

Another passenger, Ashley Shaffer, was charged with criminal conspiracy and criminal attempt to possess heroin, police said. She had no fixed address and her age was unavailable, according to police.

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Hess and Belluscio were both arraigned before District Justice John Weyman and were in Franklin County Prison Wednesday night, each on $250,000 bond. Strine was arraigned before Weyman and jailed on $25,000 bond.

An employee at Weyman's office said she had no record of Shaffer being arraigned there, but she was in jail Wednesday night, according to a prison official.

The report said police had a warrant to search Hess' car when it was stopped and police alleged they found heroin with an estimated street value of $1,500.

The report said members of the State Police Vice Narcotics Unit and other officers made the stop, along with members of the Chambersburg Borough Police Department's Crime Impact Team and a borough K-9 unit.

Belluscio and Hess had both been out on $50,000 bond from an arrest that occurred Feb. 19 near the Blue Mountain Interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Lurgan Township, according to a police report from that incident.

Police records from the Feb. 19 arrest allege the Crime Impact Team tipped off state police that two adults and a juvenile were going to Philadelphia to pick up a large amount of heroin. The car was stopped as it was returning to the county, police records said.

Hess is scheduled for mandatory arraignment on her earlier charges on Wednesday, April 12. Belluscio is set for mandatory arraignment on Wednesday, April 19, according to the Clerk of Courts Office.

Possession with intent to deliver heroin is a felony charge and conviction carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Members of the Vice Narcotics Unit at the Chambersburg barracks could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

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