Heroin Overdose Leads to Fourth Drug Arrest

| September 16, 2016

heroin-3OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City man is facing drug possession and related charges following an drug-related incident on Glenview Avenue.

Online court documents indicate the Oil City Police Department filed criminal charges against 39-year-old Jason Lee Hartzell, of Oil City.

According to a criminal complaint, on September 8, Oil City Police Officers were dispatched to a residence on Glenview Avenue for the report of a female patient – possible overdose.

The complaint states that upon arrival, officers met with Jason Hartzell, “known to officers from prior law enforcement related matters.”

Through investigation, “it was found the female victim had ‘shot’ (ingested) heroin along with Hartzell.” Hartzell allegedly informed officers of the controlled substance and that the wrappers or “stamp bags” were located in the trash can in the kitchen. The bags were stamped with a blue in color “Get Go” wording, the complaint indicates.

Officers traveled to 772 Colbert Avenue in Oil City and “made contact with Shalesha Kinney and Alek Tarr. Officers also made contact with Dashaun Scott. A consent search led officers to finding approximately 31 stamp bags of heroin stamped with blue in color ‘Get Go,'” the complaint continues.

It was learned that prior to officers’ arrival at 772 Colbert Avenue on September 8, 2016, “Jason Hartzell traveled to the residence at 772 Colbert Avenue and purchased two bags of heroin for $30.00,” according to the complaint.

Based on the investigation, a criminal complaint was filed against Hartzell in District Judge Andrew F. Fish’s office.

He was arraigned at 10:30 a.m. on September 15, on the following charges:

  • 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

Hartzell was released on $25,000.00 unsecured bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on September 21, at Venango County Central Court in front of Judge Fish.

Cases against Kinney, Tarr, and Scott are working their way through the court system.

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