Local drug dealer suspected behind bars after arrest –

MINERAL SPRINGS — A suspected local drug dealer is behind bars following a multi-agency bust at a Mineral Springs residence late last week.

Robert A. Charles, 40, is charged by Pennsylvania State Police with felony possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and willful possession of a controlled substance.

According to the probable cause affidavit, a search warrant was executed on February 3 at Charles’ residence located in the 100 block of Burkett Road.

In addition to the state police, the multi-agency arrest was accomplished with the assistance of the Lawrence Township police, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the state attorney general’s office.

As officers approached and established a perimeter, Charles was reportedly seen putting a mason jar on the roof from a second story window.

Once the entry was made, officers detained several people and Charles was mirandized. In a police interview, he admitted to putting the pot on the roof, as evidenced by an officer.

Charles said he just got six ounces of meth on February 2 and sold two ounces on February 3. The pot contained approximately 100 grams of methamphetamine, 10 grams of heroin and seven grams of crack.

Several other containers were also in the residence and contained smaller amounts of suspected methamphetamine, as well as other unknown suspect drugs.

Charles is incarcerated in Clearfield County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond. Currently, he is due to appear for a preliminary hearing on February 16 in a centralized court.

Richard Dement

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