Woman Charged in Connection with Meth Bust in Punxsutawney

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (EYT) – A 31-year-old woman is facing felony charges in connection with a meth bust earlier this year in Punxsutawney.

Court documents indicate the Punxsutawney Borough Police Department filed criminal charges against 31-year-old Lucianne Marie Marsh, of Marion Center.

According to a criminal complaint, around 11:48 a.m. on January 26, 2018, an agent of the Jefferson County Drug Task Force made contact with Dustin Alan Davis via Facebook to set up a controlled purchase of a controlled substance.

Davis stated he would be making a trip to “reup” soon. They discussed prices and quantities and settled on $200.00 for 1.25 grams. The agent told Davis he would be “coming to town,” referring to Punxsutawney, and Davis said he would have someone meet him.

An exchange was made, and officers returned to the Punxsutawney Borough Police Station and tested the crystal substance. The test came back negative for methamphetamines and was concluded to be rock salt. The baggie of salt and the test kit were placed into evidence.

Around 12:07 p.m. on February 7, 2018, an agent of the Jefferson County Drug Task Force made contact with Davis again, via Facebook, and asked him if he was going to be around that night. The agent arranged the purchase of a controlled substance for $300.00. They agreed to meet around 5:30 p.m.

After the exchange was made, a marked PSP patrol cruiser and a Punxsutawney Borough Police cruiser conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle involved in the exchange. The male passenger in the back seat attempted to flee but was apprehended a short distance away. All of the other passengers, along with the driver, were taken out of the vehicle, handcuffed, and searched.

The driver was identified as Lucianne Marsh, and the passengers were identified as Raymond Marsh, Michael White, and Heather Kellar.

According to the complaint, Lucianne Marsh allegedly admitted she also drove the vehicle at the time of the first controlled buy, when Davis rode in the back seat, and that the substance they sold the agent as crystal meth was actually Epsom salts.

Marsh gave consent to search the vehicle more thoroughly, and officers found hypodermic needles and $300.00 cash with serial numbers that matched the recorded serial numbers of the money used for the controlled buy.

All of the evidence collected, and the suspects were transported to the Jefferson County Jail.

The following charges against Lucianne Marsh were filed on Tuesday, March 20, in Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock’s office:

– Deal In Products Unlawful Act/Intent To Promote, Felony 1 (two counts)
– Sell Noncontrolled Substance Repres Substance Controlled, Felony (two counts)
– Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 9, with Judge Mizerock presiding.

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