New Details Emerge in CNET Drug Bust

| June 25, 2013

CLARION, Pa (EYT) - Clarion County Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) filed charges and issued arrest warrants for 12 alleged street-level drug dealers on Friday.

Clarion County District Attorney Mark Aaron says 10 individuals were taken into custody and two remain at large.

Aaron says the arrests stem from a 12-month collaborative investigation between CNET and the PA State Police.

(Pictured Left: Nathanial Beichner)

Assisting in the apprehension were the Clarion County Sheriff’s Department; Clarion Borough Police Department; New Bethlehem Borough Police Department; and Knox Borough Police Department.

21-year-old Joshua Ted McGarrity, of Tionesta, PA

According to the Criminal Complaint, on September 7, 2012, CNET conducted a controlled drug purchase of 4 pill capsules of suspected Vyvanse 50 mg. from Joshua Ted McGarrity in exchange for $20.00 using a confidential informant in the parking lot of the Valero Gas station at 401 Main Street, in Clarion. On September 12, 2012, CNET member William Peck sent the evidence to the Erie Regional Lab. On October 15, 2012, Erie Regional Lab submitted a lab report indicating contents contained Lisdexamfetamine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance.

A Police Criminal Complaint indicates on November 15, 2012, CNET made a controlled drug purchase of 4 pill capsules of suspected Vyvanse 50 mg. from Joshua Ted McGarrity in exchange for $20.00 using a confidential informant and undercover CNET member in the parking lot of the Country Fair Gas Station in Paint Township. The undercover CNET member viewed a JNET photograph of McGarrity and verified that was the person that sold the informant the pills. On November 19, 2012, CNET member William Peck sent the evidence to the Erie Regional Lab. On January 31, 2013, Erie Regional Lab submitted a lab report indicating contents contained Lisdexamfetamine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance.

Officials say on November 16 2012, CNET made a controlled drug purchase of 3 pill capsules of suspected Vyvanse 50 mg. from Joshua Ted McGarrity in exchange for $15.00 using an undercover CNET member in the parking lot of Comet Food Warehouse, just off State Route 68 in Clarion Township. (On November 15, 2012, the CNET undercover member and confidential informant purchased the same type of pills from McGarrity, and the undercover CNET member was introduced to McGarrity.) On November 19, 2012, CNET member Peck sent the evidence to the Erie Regional Lab. On January 31, 2013, Erie Regional Lab submitted a lab report indicating contents contained Lisdexamfetamine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance.

McGarrity has been charged with three counts each of the following:

-violation of controlled substance, drug, device, and cosmetic act – manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver – felony
-intentionally possessing a controlled substance not registered under the csddca act – misdemeanor
-criminal use of a communication facility – felony

27-year-old Christopher Reynolds, of Clarion, PA

According to officials, on June 22, 2012, CNET made a controlled drug purchase of “bath salts” from suspect Christopher Reynolds in exchange for $260.00 using a confidential informant in the parking lot of the Valero Gas station at 401 Main Street, in Clarion. The CI provided CNET member Peck with a pastic baggie which contained 7 clear plastic vials with black lids containing a white powder substance. On July 6, 2012, CNET member Peck sent the evidence to the Erie Regional Lab. On September 12, 2012, Harrisburg Regional Lab submitted a lab reported indicating contents contained no controlled substances.

Reynolds has been charged with one count each of the following:

-violation of controlled substance, drug, device, and cosmetic act – manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver – felony
-intentionally possessing a controlled substance not registered under the csddca act – misdemeanor
-use of or possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia – misdemeanor
-criminal use of a communication facility – felony

22-year-old Sara Jane Jackson, of Clarion, PA

Officials say on September 7, 2012, CNET made a controlled drug purchase of 6 pills of Morphine from Sara J. Jackson in exchange for $60.00 using a confidential informant at Jackson’s friend’s trailer in Meadowbrook Trailer Court, in Clarion; Jackson gave the CI a plastic cigarette wrapper which contained 6 purple pills marked M 30. On September 21, 2012, CNET member Peck sent the evidence to the Erie Regional Lab. On October 12, 2012, Erie Regional Lab submitted a lab report indicating contents contained Morphine, a Schedule II opium derivative.

Jackson has been charged with one count each of the following:

-violation of controlled substance, drug, device, and cosmetic act – manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver – felony
-intentionally possessing a controlled substance not registered under the csddca act – misdemeanor
-criminal use of a communication facility – felony

19-year-old Amanda Ion, of Clarion, PA

According to a Police Criminal Complaint, on June 16, 2012, CNET made a controlled drug purchase of marijuana from a female actor later identified as Amanda Ion in exchange for $35.00 using a confidential informant in the park by the Courthouse. The CI told CNET member Peck that the female actor stated she was arrested “yesterday at WalMart for Retail Theft.” Peck discovered through Clarion State Police that Ion was allegedly involved in a retail theft incident at Clarion WalMart. On June 22, 2012, CNET member Peck sent the evidence to the Erie Regional Lab. On August 31, 2012, Erie Regional Lab submitted a lab report indicating contents contained 1.6 grams of marijuana, a schedule I controlled substance.

Ion has been charged with one count each of the following:

-violation of controlled substance, drug, device, and cosmetic act – manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver – felony
-intentionally possessing a controlled substance not registered under the csddca act – misdemeanor
-use of or possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia – misdemeanor
-criminal use of a communication facility – felony

21-year-old Ashley Liston, of Crown, PA

According to officials, on June 16, 2012, CNET made a controlled purchase of marijuana from Ashley Liston in exchange for $40.00 using a confidential informant at a residence located on Main Street in Clarion. The CI stated the purchase occurred in the living room area where he allegedly saw numerous items of drug paraphernalia. On June 22, 2012, CNET member Peck sent the evidence to the Erie Regional Lab. On August 30, 2012, Erie Regional Lab submitted a lab report indicating contents contained 2.3 grams of marijuana, a schedule I controlled substance.

Officials say on June 18, 2012, CNET made a controlled purchase of two baggies of marijuana from Ashley Liston in exchange for $80.00 using a confidential informant at a residence located on Main Street in Clarion. On June 22, 2012, CNET member Peck sent the evidence to the Erie Regional Lab. On September 10, 2012, Harrisburg Regional Lab submitted a lab report indicating contents contained 6.8 grams of marijuana, a schedule I controlled substance.

Liston has been charged with two counts each of the following:

-violation of controlled substance, drug, device, and cosmetic act – manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver – felony
-intentionally possessing a controlled substance not registered under the csddca act – misdemeanor
-use of or possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia – misdemeanor
-criminal use of a communication facility – felony

27-year-old Ronald Wensel, of Clarion, PA

Officials say on May 18, 2012, CNET made a controlled drug purchase of marijuana from Ronald Eugene Wensel in exchange for $155.00 using a confidential informant at a residence on Greenville Avenue in Clarion. According to the CI, the suspect allegedly removed several plastic baggies from a book bag containing suspected marijuana, and the CI purchased 3 of the baggies. On May 25, 2012, CNET member William Peck sent the evidence to the Erie Regional Lab. On August 14, 2012, Harrisburg Regional Lab submitted a lab report indicating contents contained 11.2 grams of marijuana, a schedule I controlled substance.

Wensel has been charged with one count each of the following:

-violation of controlled substance, drug, device, and cosmetic act – manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver – felony
-intentionally possessing a controlled substance not registered under the csddca act – misdemeanor
-use of or possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia – misdemeanor
-criminal use of a communication facility – felony

21-year-old Joseph Carter, of Corsica, PA
21-year-old Kurtis Clark, of Brookville, PA

According to a Police Criminal Complaint, on April 28, 2012, CNET made a controlled drug purchase of marijuana from Joseph Carter and Kurtis Clark (pictured) in exchange for $40.00 using a confidential informant at a residence located on Greenville Avenue in Clarion. The suspects (Carter and Clark) arrived at the residence along with an unknown female. Carter allegedly handed the CI a cigarette pack which contained a plastic baggie of suspected marijuana inside. On May 2, CNET member William Peck sent the evidence to the Erie Regional Lab. On August 10, 2012, Harrisburg Regional Lab submitted a lab report indicating contents contained 3.2 grams of marijuana, a schedule I controlled substance.

A Police Criminal Complaint indicates on May 1, 2012, CNET made a controlled drug purchase of marijuana from Joseph Carter and Kurtis Clark in exchange for $210.00 using a confidential informant at a residence located on Greenville Avenue in Clarion. The suspects (Carter and Clark) arrived at the residence, and Carter allegedly removed two plastic baggies from his pants pocket containing suspected marijuana which held approximately one ounce in each bag. Carter allegedly handed the CI both baggies and let the CI take his pick of which one to purchase. The CI allegedly looked at each baggie and picked one and handed the other baggie back to Carter. On May 2, 2012, CNET member Peck sent the evidence to the Erie Regional Lab. On August 10, 2012, Harrisburg Regional Lab submitted a lab report indicating contents contained 27.9 grams of marijuana, a schedule I controlled substance.

Carter has been charged with two counts each of the following:

-violation of controlled substance, drug, device, and cosmetic act – manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver – felony
-intentionally possessing a controlled substance not registered under the csddca act – misdemeanor
-use of or possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia – misdemeanor
-criminal use of a communication facility – felony

Clark has been charged with two counts of violation of controlled substance, drug, device, and cosmetic act – manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver – a felony.

21-year-old Joseph Clayton Fye, of Cooksburg, PA

According to officials, on August 24,2012, CNET made a controlled drug purchase from Joseph Clayton Fye in exchange for $60.00 using a confidential informant at the upper parking lot of the Toby Boat Launch in the Borough of Clarion. On August 31, 2012, CNET member Peck sent the evidence to the Erie Regional Lab. On October 3, 2012, Erie Regional Lab submitted a lab report indicating contents contained 6.7 grams of marijuana, a schedule I controlled substance.

Officials say on September 28, 2012, CNET purchased two “cuts” of marijuana from Joseph Fye in exchange for $60.00 using a confidential informant at the upper parking lot of the Toby Boat Launch in the Borough of Clarion. CNET member Peck sent the evidence to the Erie Regional Lab. On November 14, 2012, Erie Regional Lab submitted a lab report indicating contents contained 6.6 grams of marijuana, a schedule I controlled substance.

A Police Criminal Complaint indicates on November 16, 2012, CNET made a controlled drug purchase of marijuana from Joseph Fye in exchange for $60.00 using a confidential informant and an undercover CNET member at a parking lot of the dentist office on South 2nd. Avenue and Merle Road in Clarion. On November 19, 2012, CNET member Peck sent the evidence to the Erie Regional Lab. On January 31, 2013, Erie Regional Lab submitted a lab report indicating contents contained 6.5 grams of marijuana, a schedule I controlled substance.

Fye has been charged with three counts each of the following:

-violation of controlled substance, drug, device, and cosmetic act – manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver – felony
-intentionally possessing a controlled substance not registered under the csddca act – misdemeanor
-use of or possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia – misdemeanor
-criminal use of a communication facility – felony

37-year-old Elva Warner-Confer, of Clarion, PA

According to a Police Criminal Complaint on June 18, 2012, CNET made a controlled purchase of 3 pills or purported percocet pills from Elva Warner-Confer in exchange for $12.00 ($4.00 per pill) using a confidential informant at the suspect’s residence on Wood Lane in Clarion Township. On June 22, 2012, CNET member Peck sent the evidence to the Erie Regional Lab. On September 5, 2013, Harrisburg Regional Lab submitted a lab report indicating contents contained acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine, all non-controlled substances.

A Police Criminal Complaint indicates on August 17, 2012, CNET made a controlled purchase of two purported volume pills from Elva Warner-Confer in exchange for $2.00 ($1.00 per pill) using a confidential informant at the suspect’s residence on Wood Lane in Clarion Township. On August 24, 2012, CNET member Peck sent the evidence to the Erie Regional Lab. On September 26, 2013, Erie Regional Lab submitted a lab report indicating contents contained Diazepam, a Schedule IV controlled substance.

Official documents indicate on August 17, 2012, CNET made a controlled purchase of ten purported volume pills from Elva Warner-Confer in exchange for $10.00 ($1.00 per pill) using a confidential informant at the suspect’s residence on Wood Lane in Clarion Township. On August 24, 2012, CNET member Peck sent the evidence to the Erie Regional Lab. On October 2, 2013, Erie Regional Lab submitted a lab report indicating contents contained Diazepam, a Schedule IV controlled substance.

Warner-Confer has been charged with three counts of each of the following:

-violation of controlled substance, drug, device, and cosmetic act – manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver – felony
-intentionally possessing a controlled substance not registered under the csddca act – misdemeanor
-criminal use of a communication facility – felony

26-year-old Nathanial Richard Beichner, of Shippenville, PA
25-year-old Charles Robert Beals, of Emlenton, PA

According to a Police Criminal Complaint, on February 14, 2012, Trooper Thomas of the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C Vice Unit at Punxsutawney Headquarters made a purchase of bath salts from Nathanial Richard Beichner (pictured) and Charles Robert Beals in exchange for $50.00 using a confidential informant at the Clarion County Park. On February 22, 2012, the evidence was transported to Erie Regional Lab. On June 15, 2012, the evidence was tested by a Forensic Scientist and the report indicated the contents weighed .04 grams and contained 3.4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) Schedule 1.

A Police Criminal Complaint indicates on March 12, 2012, Trooper Thomas of the PA State Police, Troop C Vice Unit made a purchase of bath salts from Charles Robert Beals in exchange for $100.00 using a confidential informant at a trailer on Huckleberry Ridge Road. The CI advised that Beals and a female, only known as Missy, were inside the trailer. The CI said all three allegedly went into the bedroom, and he allegedly observed several needles lying around the bedroom, needles were lying on the floor and some were on the night stand. Beals allegedly got out the bath salts and put some in blue paper and folded it up. On July 27, 2012, a Forensic Scientist tested the evidence and found that it weighed .31 grams and that it contained 3.4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) Schedule 1.

Official documents indicate on March 13, 2012, Trooper Thomas of the PA State Police, Troop C Vice Unit made a purchase of bath salts and some “blueberries,” (30 mg oxycodone) from Charles Robert Beals in exchange for $200.00 using a confidential informant at a location along Fulton Road, in the area of the Elk Township building. Trooper Thomas, who works as an undercover officer, and the CI met Beals, and Beals allegedly handed the CI a small clear Ziploc baggie, containing a small piece of camouflaged paper folded up with bath salts in it and five small blue pills with a “V” imprint on one side and a 48/12 imprint on the other. On July 27, 2012, a Forensic Scientist tested the evidence. He found that the bath salts weighed .14 grams and contained 3.4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) Schedule 1 and the five pills contained oxycodone.

Beichner has been charged with one count of each of the following:

-criminal conspiracy – felony
-violation of controlled substance, drug, device, and cosmetic act – manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver – felony
-intentionally possessing a controlled substance not registered under the csddca act – misdemeanor
-criminal use of a communication facility – felony

Beals has been charged with one count of criminal conspiracy, a felony and two counts of the following:

-violation of controlled substance, drug, device, and cosmetic act – manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver – felony
-intentionally possessing a controlled substance not registered under the csddca act – misdemeanor
-criminal use of a communication facility – felony

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