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Waynesboro man sentenced on drug-trafficking charges

January 03, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., man was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to 18 months to five years in state prison on 2006 drug-trafficking charges.

Joshua David Gingell, 19, of 8943 Tomstown Road, pleaded guilty Oct. 29, 2007, to delivery of cocaine and possession with intent to deliver cocaine, according to court records. The charges stemmed from an investigation that included the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, the Franklin County Drug Task Force, and Waynesboro and Washington Township police departments.

Gingell was taken into custody June 4, 2006, when he was wanted by the Franklin County Juvenile Probation Department, police said. He was in possession of 3.5 grams of cocaine, digital scales and $232, police said.

An affidavit of probable cause stated that Gingell was one target of an undercover investigation in October 2006 in which a police informant made purchases in parking lots at the Penn State Mont Alto (Pa.) campus, and Wal-Mart, Food Lion and Martin's stores in Waynesboro. The four sales listed in the affidavit totaled more than $2,500.

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The affidavit named Gingell as the supplier of the drugs in some of the informant's drug purchases. Several other men were charged as a result of the three-month investigation, according to court records.

One of those men, Andrew P. Francis, age and address unavailable, was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday on charges related to the investigation but his hearing was postponed, his attorney Clinton Barkdoll said.

Judge Douglas Herman sentenced Gingell to an additional two years probation on a charge of causing an accident involving personal injury while not properly licensed, according to court records. The accident occurred Sept. 27, 2006, on West Main Street in Waynesboro, Waynesboro police said.

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