Pa. man arrested for warrant and new drug charges

A 37-year-old Pennsylvania man who was wanted on a probation violation warrant for the past month was taken into custody by county law enforcement personnel in Delaware after a search on March 25. He also faces various drug charges.

After law enforcement personnel initiated a search at the fugitive's apartment in Delaware, they contacted the defendant, who initially gave them a false name. The search warrant was the culmination of a month-long investigation into drug crimes in the area. He was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal impersonation.

The search yielded 52.8 grams of cocaine hidden in the drop ceiling in his restroom, 30 hypodermic needles, a digital scale and other drug paraphernalia. It is unknown how he violated his probation or why he was initially placed on probation to begin with. He was assigned a bail amount of $34,000 but did not pay it, so was taken into custody at the Howard Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.

When individuals are taken into custody after absconding from probation, they could face enhanced penalties for violating their probation terms. In addition, they now face new charges for another criminal offense. A criminal defense attorney might be able to negotiate with the prosecutor in order to combine the charges and request reinstatement onto probation so that the defendant could face reduced penalties.

Source: WDEL, "Pa. fugitive arrested on drug charges outside Wilmington," Tom Lehman, March 28, 2013

Source: The News Journal, "Police: Drug investigation leads to arrest of Alban Park man," Robin Brown, March 28, 2013

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