Four Individuals Arrested on Drug Charges Following Incident at Cranberry Sheetz

| January 25, 2023

CRANBERRY TWP., Pa. (EYT) – Four individuals are facing drug charges and other offenses following an incident at Sheetz in Cranberry Township.

Court documents indicate that Franklin-based State Police filed criminal charges against 37-year-old Brittani Faith Scott, of Marion Center; 42-year-old Jay Peter Miller, of Pittsburgh; 37-year-old Steven Christopher Forsell, of Oil City; and 43-year-old Aaron Craig Spanik, of Blandburg.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey’s office on January 17, PSP Franklin Troopers were dispatched to Sheetz in Cranberry Township, Venango County, for a report of a fight on January 16 around 10:07 a.m.

Prior to the troopers’ arrival, they were advised that one of the parties had left the scene in a gold SUV and was traveling westbound.

At Sheetz, troopers made contact with Steven Forsell, who stated that he did not remember much since yesterday (January 15) when he was with “these guys.” Forsell advised that he was in an argument with a black guy named “Squeak” when he was cut on the face by an unknown object, the complaint states.

Troopers observed that Forsell appeared very fidgety, had difficulty sitting still, and appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance, the complaint indicates.

Forsell only had socks on his feet, the complaint notes.

A search of Forsell revealed multiple clear plastic baggies which contained suspected illegal drugs, mainly blue pills (fentanyl), crystal substances (meth), and white powder (cocaine), the complaint states.

It was also learned that Forsell had an active warrant for his arrest. He was then transported to the Venango County Prison, the complaint indicates.

Upon returning to PSP Franklin, troopers were advised that the gold SUV mentioned earlier had returned to Sheetz. Troopers were en route to Sheetz when they were advised that the SUV was now sitting in the parking lot of Aldi Grocery Store on State Route 257 in Cranberry Township.

The troopers arrived on the scene and observed a black male and a white male standing beside the driver’s side of the vehicle, and a female seated in the passenger front seat.

The two males were separated. One was identified as Aaron Spanik, and a trooper went with the other male who stated his name was Seneca Diaz. However, upon investigation, it was learned that it was a false name. The male indicated his real name was Jay Miller who had an active warrant, according to the complaint.

Miller was transported to the Venango County Prison and committed on the warrant.

Another trooper approached the vehicle, and the female opened the door. She was identified as Brittani Scott. Upon speaking with her, the trooper observed a plastic bag containing an unknown substance and tin foil that was burnt in plain view on the floor of the vehicle, the complaint indicates.

Scott stated that the foil and bag did not belong to her, the complaint notes.

Spanik and Scott were transported to PSP Franklin.

Scott was read her Miranda Rights and agreed to speak with the troopers. She related she was just a passenger in the vehicle and was invited by Spanik. She said the two males were Forsell and Miller and that they were giving Forsell a ride from Coal Port to Oil City.

She told the troopers that Spanik and Miller both related that Forsell possessed drugs, and they would be paid in drugs for bringing Forsell to Oil City, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, Scott indicated that the car they were riding in contained multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia and some drugs. While they were at Sheetz, Scott said Forsell began to “freak out” and got into an argument with Miller. Forsell then went into Sheetz to get the drugs out of his butt in the bathroom.

Miller then went into Sheetz to get Forsell and the drugs, but Forsell was bleeding, and Sheetz called an ambulance, the complaint notes.

The complaint states that Scott said they left and went to the Walmart parking lot where she said Miller wanted to wait and go back to Sheetz to search for the drugs.

Spanik was also interviewed.

He advised that Miller had asked him to give Forsell a ride to Oil City. Spanik related he picked up Miller, Forsell, and then Scott, to bring Forsell to Oil City. During the trip, Spanik said Forsell began acting strange and got out of his vehicle numerous times. Spanik said he had to make him get back into the vehicle a couple of times, the complaint indicates.

Spanik stated Miller and Forsell got into verbal arguments, and Forsell had been doing drugs in the vehicle on the drive to Oil City. Spanik told police that he did not do drugs because when Forsell was doing the drugs, it smelled so bad, the complaint states.

The complaint notes that Spanik said Forsell was smoking the drugs in foil and that Forsell offered him a crushed-up “blue pill” in the tin foil.

When they arrived at Sheetz, Spanik said he and Scott went inside to get food and coffee. Spanik related he went out and woke up Forsell for gas money. Spanik said Forsell was still acting strange, and after a verbal argument with Miller, Forsell went inside Sheetz and the three of them left. Spanik advised they returned later to try to locate Forsell, the complaint states.

A search warrant was granted and executed for the vehicle, which revealed suspected fentanyl, marijuana, and multiple items of drug paraphernalia, the complaint indicates.

Upon arriving at the jail, it was discovered that Scott was in possession of a blue cloth zipper bag containing suspected drug residue and a silver metal spoon covered in suspected drug residue, the complaint notes.

Forsell was arraigned at 10:00 a.m. on January 18 on the following charges in front of Judge Lowrey:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony (three counts)
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Felony
– Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor (four counts)
– Public Drunkenness and Similar Misconduct, Summary

Forsell was detained on parole violations, and therefore, bail was denied.

Spanik was arraigned on January 16 at 6:15 p.m. on the following charges:

– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor
– Marijuana – Small Amount Personal Use, Misdemeanor
– Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

Unable to post $20,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Venango County Prison.

Scott was arraigned on the following charges at 10:00 a.m. on January 18:

– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor
– Marijuana – Small Amount Personal Use, Misdemeanor
– Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
– Contraband/Controlled Substance, Felony 2
– Criminal Conspiracy/Conduct

Scott was also detained on parole violations, and therefore, bail was denied.

Miller faces the following charges:

– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor
– Marijuana – Small Amount Personal Use, Misdemeanor
– Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
– Criminal Conspiracy/Conduct
– False Identification to Law Enforcement Officer, Misdemeanor 3

He is currently awaiting a preliminary hearing.

A preliminary hearing for Forsell, Spanik, and Scott is scheduled for Wednesday, February 15, at 10:30 a.m. in Venango County Central Court.

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Jacob Deemer is a reporter for EYT Media Group based in Venango County. He started his career as a sports writer for a local newspaper before contributing to as a beat writer for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has spent over 5 years covering sports, crime, and local news in Venango, Clarion, and Jefferson Counties.
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