Oil City Man Busted With Heroin, Marijuana, Prescription Drugs

| October 16, 2020

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – Felony charges have been filed against an Oil City man who was allegedly caught in possession of a considerable quantity of heroin and marijuana along with prescription drugs.

Court documents indicate the Oil City Police Department filed criminal charges against 56-year-old Leon P. Wagner, of Oil City.

According to a criminal complaint, on October 14, Oil City Police were asked to assist Pa Board of Probation and Parole agents at the residence of Leon P. Wagner on East Fourth Street.

At the scene, the agents informed the officers they were going to force entry.

The complaint notes a neighbor had indicated Wagner had been home within the past hour, and they did not see him leave.

According to the complaint, once the agents made their way inside, they found Wagener sitting in a chair in the living room. Wagner was then advised they would be using a K-9 to “sniff” the house, and he was asked if there was anything that could be a danger to the animal’s health.

Wagner allegedly stated there were drugs in the residence. He was then provided with his Miranda rights, during which he interrupted and stated, “It’s in there,” nodding to a black nylon Husky pencil/tool bag to his right on the floor.

The K-9 was then brought in to check the residence. The complaint states the K-9 alerted on the Husky pencil case Wagner had indicated, and the handling agent advised police that the case contained heroin.

According to the complaint, a later search of the case discovered two packages of marijuana, two small ziplock style bags containing suspected marijuana, one “brick” of heroin, and a screw-top metal container with 11 Clonazepam .5mg tablets.

The complaint notes police also found a black digital scale, a blue and white composition book containing “owe sheets,” four glucose testing strip containers with pieces of burnt marijuana cigarettes, several small plastic ziplock style baggies with green marijuana leaves printed on them, two packages of Zig-Zag rolling papers, two pieces of cut plastic straw with white residue, a glass pipe with marijuana residue, and multiple pairs of scissors with marijuana residue.

According to the complaint, police also found a Samsung Track phone in the area where Wagener was sitting.

After receiving information from known individuals that Wagner may have been in possession of a shotgun, police questioned Wagner about it. He allegedly admitted to a shotgun being present in the basement of the residence but stated it was not his. Police then recovered the gun.

Wagner was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland at 3:08 p.m. on October 14, on the following charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony (two counts)
– Person Not to Possess Use Etc Firearm, Felony 2
– Criminal Use of Communication Facility, Felony 3
– Possession of Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor (six counts)
– Deliver/intent to Deliver Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor (four counts)
– Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor (four counts)

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

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on October 28, with Judge Kirtland presiding.


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