Oil City Man Caught With Meth During Traffic Stop Held for Court

| January 25, 2019

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – Charges against an Oil City man who was found to be in possession of methamphetamine during a traffic stop earlier this month were held for court on Wednesday.

According to court documents, the following charges against 33-year-old Joshua Ryan Waters, of Oil City, were waived for court on Wednesday, January 23, 2019:

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

The charges have been transferred to Venango County Court of Common Pleas.

Waters remains lodged in the Venango County Jail.

The charges stem from a traffic stop around 5:36 a.m. on Friday, January 18, on Main and Relief Streets in Oil City, Venango County.

Patrolman Culp, of the Oil City Police Department, responded to a 9-1-1 dispatch regarding an erratic sports car traveling on Route 8. It was reported that the car had front end damage; it was missing a headlight; and its hazard lights were activated.

According to a criminal complaint, a traffic stop was initiated at the intersection of Relief and Main Streets, and the known driver stated that he had just picked up his passengers, and he was giving them a ride into town from Utica.

When Patrolman Culp leaned over to peer into the vehicle, he observed Joshua Waters in the passenger’s front seat.

The complaint states “there were several small zip lock style baggies protruding up from between his left leg and center console.”

It was learned that “(Waters) had recently been involved with methamphetamine-related offenses in Oil City,” according to the complaint.

Patrolman Culp also observed a black 35 mm film canister under the front edge of the passenger’s seat, and suspected crystal methamphetamine was discovered inside the canister.

Waters was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish at 3:15 p.m. on Friday, January 18.

Bail was originally set at $15,000.00 monetary; however, it was increased to $45,000.00 because “(Waters) failed to disclose full criminal history.”

Bail was then decreased to $20,000.00 on the day of Waters’ preliminary hearing with no additional details disclosed.

Waters is also facing drug-related charges stemming from a December 26, 2018 incident that occurred in Oil City.

No charges have been filed against the driver of the vehicle as of Friday, January 25.


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