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Arrested for having a burnt out lighthouse on Route 220 in Piatt Township at around 7:20 p.m. on January 6, motorist Christopher Welch immediately lit a cigarette when the officer approached the driver’s window, court records filed by the Tiadaghton Valley Regional police said.
“It’s a common tactic to cover up smells and hide nervousness. He was extremely talkative and explained at length why his headlight was not working ”, the officer said of Welch, 37, of 587 Mountain Road, South Williamsport.
When police entered Welch’s name into the National Crime Clearinghouse, it turned out that there was already an arrest warrant against his arrest for drug trafficking. After being searched, Welch had 11 non-prescription suboxone pills with him. He was actually driving a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze owned by a friend who, after being contacted by police, allowed officers to search the vehicle. “Many drugs and paraphernalia” were recovered from the vehicle, according to court records.
Welch was automatically placed in the Lycoming County Jail on warrant. Police seized his cell phone, and after obtaining a search warrant to examine the use of the phone, investigators determined there was “Many text messages indicating drug transactions”, according to an affidavit.
Based on what they found in the text messages, police allege Welch intended to sell most of the drugs found in the car, including 0.67 grams of methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.
From that incident alone, Welch was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine and Marijuana, Illegal Possession of Suboxone, Illegal Cell Phone Use, and Possession of Marijuana and Drug Accessories. .
In a second criminal complaint filed by the same police department, Welch, after being released from prison, allegedly attempted to set up the sale of 3 ounces of crystal methamphetamine for $ 1,600 in the 300 block of Oak Street in Jersey Shore on July 25, court records at District Judge Jerry C. Lepley’s office said.
On his cell phone, Welch received a text message regarding the pending drug sale which he said was from the person interested in purchasing the methamphetamines, according to an affidavit. The message was from the individual’s cell phone, but unbeknownst to Welch, the text message was actually from a police officer. When Welch arrived at the scene with several ounces of methamphetamine, police briefly took him into custody.
He was arraigned last week in front of Lepley not only on charges arising from the incident in early January, but also on possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug accessories and use cell phone illegal which all stemmed from the incident at the end of July. He was jailed in lieu of $ 50,000 bail and in violation of probation.
In another drug case, Corey Ringkamp, 33, of Wyncote, was indicted by the county Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU) for selling four to five bags of crack to an informant on Tucker and Grove streets in the city on July 21 and again six days later, investigators alleged in court documents. Following his arraignment before District Judge Aaron Biichle on two counts of delivering a controlled substance and illegal use of a cell phone, he was jailed, but has since been released on charges. security deposit of $ 75,000.
In another case, charges were laid against Devin Mims, 34, of 1025 Washington Blvd., according to court documents filed at the Biichle office. The NEU charged him with delivering a controlled substance and illegally using a cell phone for his alleged involvement in selling crack cocaine to someone in court records as a “Involuntary informant” at the home of Mims between September 5 and 7. He was returned to jail in lieu of $ 75,000 bail.
Kevin A. Lattie, 50, of 638 Market St., was charged by NEU with Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance and Delivery of a Controlled Substance for allegedly detaining 26 grams. crack when he was arrested and arrested near Seventh and Market streets in the city on September 14. After his appearance a few days later before Biichle on the charges, he was jailed instead of $ 75,000 on bail.