Five charged in Cumberland in unrelated drug arrests

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CARMICHAELS – The Cumberland Township Police Department filed multiple, unrelated drug charges last week against five individuals.


Joseph James Dean, III, 25, of 254 Haines Road, Carmichaels, is charged with prohibited acts and possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested Aug. 7 at a drilling site along Hathaway Road in Carmichaels.


Dean and a passenger, Rachel Hockenberry, were observed stopped on a gas well access road when police were called for a tree blocking the roadway on Hathaway Road.


At that time, a metal smoking device, needles, brillo pads, Subutex, and crack cocaine were retrieved from within Dean’s car and on his person, police said. Dean is being held in Greene County jail on $1,000 straight cash bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. June 26.


Peter Moldovan, IV, 28, of 84 Route 21 Mobile Home Park, Carmichaels, is charged with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver or manufacture a controlled substance.


Police said Moldovan sold Subutex March 5 outside his residence. Moldovan is being held in Greene County jail on $1,000 straight cash bond for this case plus an additional $7,500 for a previous unrelated drug case. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 3 p.m. June 26.


Brian Allen Conner, 26, of 2426 Golden Oaks Road, Holbrook, is charged with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver or manufacture a controlled substance.


Police said Conner made arrangements with a confidential informant to sell him Ecstasy at Wana B Park on Ceylon Road in Carmichaels March 10.


Police said Conner gave the informant 10 unmarked white pills that the lab confirmed did not contain a controlled substance. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. June 26.


John Carl Patchen of 4 Riverview Ave., Crucible, is charged with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver or manufacture a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.


Patchen was arrested Oct. 10 after police responded to his residence for a report Patchen possessed a large marijuana plant.


According to a criminal complaint, Patchen surrendered a small plant along with some buds in a plastic bag.


A second plant was located in the rafters of Patchen’s garage.


He allegedly told police he started the plants from seeds in his yard and then moved them to another location where he had retrieved the larger plant Oct. 10. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. June 26.


Joseph R. West, Jr., of 435 Sheridan Ave., Nemacolin, is charged with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver or manufacture a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence controlled substance, and DUI alcohol or controlled substance.


West was arrested Feb. 9 when police responded to a report of a vehicle blocking the roadway on Sheridan Avenue behind the Nemacolin Volunteer Fire Department.


Police said they found West passed out in a car with a flat tire and fogged windows. West was in the driver’s seat with the keys still in the ignition. Police said West was unable to complete a series of tests to determine if he was driving impaired and that he told them he had been to the Methadone clinic earlier that morning. According to the complaint, West tested positive for Diazepam, Nordiazepam, Clonazepam, Alprazolam, marijuana and Methadone.


Police said they found 61 Clonazepam tablets and a partially smoked marijuana cigarette inside the vehicle. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. June 26.


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