Case Against Two Franklin Men Busted for Drug Possession Move Forward

| January 17, 2019

FRANKLIN Pa. (EYT) – The case against two Franklin men busted for drug possession have been transferred to common pleas court.

According to court documents, the defendants – 24-year-old Brandon R. Sibble and 24-year-old Russell Lee McMillen, both of Franklin – stood for a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland.

The following charges against Sibble were waived for court on January 9:

  • Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
  • Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor
  • Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

Unable to post $15,000.00 monetary bail, Sibble was lodged in the Venango County Jail.

On January 16, the following charges against McMillen were held for court:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor
– Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

McMillen is free on $10,000.00 unsecured bail.

Charges against both men were transferred to the Venango County Court of Common Pleas.

The charges stem from a visit by state probation officers to a residence on Dale Avenue in Franklin on Thursday, December 13, 2018.

According to a criminal complaint, Franklin Police Department Patrolman Barnes was dispatched to 147 Dale Avenue around 8:33 p.m. on December 13 to assist the sheriff’s department and state probation officers.

It was learned there were at least two absconders in a second-floor apartment at 147 Dale Avenue, and one was believed to be armed with a handgun. A home check was conducted due to the information of illegal activity of Brandon Sibble, according to the complaint.

Upon entering the apartment, Patrolman Barnes observed a small plastic ziplock bag with printing on it laying on the floor of the dining area, just off the living room. A syringe loaded with pink fluid laying on an end table next to the couch was also viewed, the complaint states.

The resident of the apartment – Brandon Sibble – was advised of his Miranda rights and interviewed.

Sibble confirmed that he was the resident and Russell McMillen also lived at that location.

He identified his and McMillen’s room.

Sibble allegedly admitted that he had drug paraphernalia within the residence.

During a search of the residence, syringes, scales, baggies for packaging controlled substance, smoking pipes, a bag of suspected marijuana which NIK tested positive for THC, and an unidentified powder substance believed to be used to cut controlled substance prior to sale were discovered, the complaint indicates.

A follow-up interview with Sibble was conducted at 4:35 p.m. on December 21.

During the interview, Sibble allegedly admitted ownership of the items seized from his apartment. He also identified the pink fluid in the loaded syringe observed in plain view as suboxone.

Sibble also allegedly confirmed the location of McMillen’s room where evidence was seized.


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