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Drug arrests made after search of Hancock home

August 28, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

HANCOCK — Four people were arrested last week on drug charges after an investigation by the Washington County Narcotics Task Force using a confidential informant to make purchases of suspected cocaine and heroin.

The arrests were made Friday night during a search of an apartment at 103 W. Main St., where police allege the informant was able to make drug buys Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, according to the statement of probable cause.

Heather Dawn Briggs, 30, of 103 W. Main St., Apt. 4, in Hancock, was charged with distribution of narcotics, possession of narcotics, five counts of criminal conspiracy to distribute narcotics and two counts of maintaining a common nuisance for the purpose of distributing narcotics, court records said.

Jason Joel Calderon, 31, of 2844 White Church Road in Chambersburg, Pa., was charged with two counts each of criminal conspiracy to distribute narcotics and maintaining a common nuisance for the purpose of distributing narcotics, court records said.

Steven L. Miranda, 34, of Hoboken, N.J., was charged with distribution of narcotics, criminal conspiracy to distribute narcotics and possession of narcotics, court records said.

Tyler Daniel Younker, 25, of 9233 Slabtown Road in Hancock, was charged with distribution of narcotics, criminal conspiracy to distribute narcotics and possession of narcotics, court records said.

On Wednesday, Aug. 22, the informant bought cocaine from Calderon at the apartment, the charging document alleged. On Thursday, the informant went back and purchased two bags of cocaine from Briggs, the document alleged.

The informant went back again Friday, this time buying cocaine from Miranda and six packets of heroin from Younker, the charging document alleged.

The informant was equipped with an electronic monitoring device during the purchases, according to the charging document.

During the search of the apartment, police seized a small amount of marijuana, a glass pipe and a bag of syringes, the charging document said. Miranda was found to have $240 in prerecorded task force cash on him, as well as another $1,060, the document said.

Briggs was released from custody Tuesday on $75,000 bond, court records said.

Calderon and Miranda both were being held Tuesday on $75,000 bond, and Younker was being held on $35,000 bond.

All four are scheduled for preliminary hearings in district court on Sept. 20.

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