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Four charged in Pa. after search turns up drugs and drug paraphernalia

February 01, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police charged four men and seized drugs, paraphernalia, cash and weapons after searching a Greene Township home Tuesday night.

A search warrant was obtained for a home at 1025 Pine Stump Road as a result of an ongoing investigation by Daniel Edward Rotz of Chambersburg and a tip from a confidential informant, police said. The state police Special Emergency Response Team and the Vice/Narcotics Unit raided the house at about 9:30 p.m. and took Rotz, 35, and Gabriel Espinal, 19, of Brooklyn, N.Y., into custody, police said.

The search turned up 3 ounces of packaged marijuana, three digital scales, drug paraphernalia, $400 in cash, a Bryco 9 mm handgun and a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, police said.

It was then learned that more drugs were to be delivered, police said. A silver sedan driven by Johnny Liviu Banut, 20, of Reading, Pa., arrived at the farm and he was taken into custody, police said. A K-9 helped police find 3 grams of cocaine and plastic bags for packaging in the car.

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Takiem Samir Drake, 30, of Harrisburg, Pa., then came to the house and was taken into custody for driving under the influence and a state parole violation.

Rotz and Espinal were each charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy. They were arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Kelly Rock and were jailed on $50,000 bond each, police said.

Banut was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He was arraigned before Rock and jailed on $50,000 bail, as well, police said.

Drake was turned over to state parole authorities, police said.

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