Two Accused of Smuggling Drugs from Detroit to Oil City Held for Court

| July 12, 2018

GavelOIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – Charges against two Oil City residents accused of participating in the trafficking of drugs into the Oil City area were held for court this week.

According to court documents, during preliminary hearings on Wednesday, July 11, the following charges against 31-year-old Jarvis L. Mitchell and 37-year-old Heather Ann Morgan, both of Oil City, were held for court:

  • Conspiracy – Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
  • Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony

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

Mitchell remains lodged in the Venango County Jail on $50,000.00 monetary bail.

Morgan is currently free on $15,000 unsecured bail.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, from approximately March 1, 2018, to April 18, 2018, Jarvis L. Mitchell coordinated for large amounts of controlled substances to be brought and sold in the Oil City and surrounding Venango County area from the Detroit, Michigan area.

The complaint states that during the course of the investigation, it was found that Mitchell conspired with Heather Morgan and James Lee Word for the sale and/or delivery of controlled substances.

According to information discovered through investigation as well as interviews with known persons and confidential sources, Mitchell, Word, and Morgan were all present on multiple occasions while controlled substances were being sold from the residence belonging to Morgan. The sales and/or deliveries of the controlled substances were conducted by both Mitchell and Word on multiple occasions, according to the complaint.

The complaint also states that Chief Wenner and Patrolman Ruditis learned that individuals sent money to Morgan via Western Union wire transfer for the purpose of Mitchell obtaining controlled substances in the Detroit, Michigan area and then coordinating the transportation, sales, and deliveries of the controlled substances in the Oil City and Venango County areas by himself as well as with Word.

The complaint states that Chief Wenner and Patrolman Ruditis listened to multiple phone calls recorded and preserved by the phone system at the Venango County Jail. Based on information heard during phone calls, they were able to determine that Mitchell, Morgan, and Word were all associated with one another to some degree.

According to the complaint, during the calls, Word would verify that everything was “good” concerning Mitchell and Morgan.


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