Couple Found Sleeping in Cars at Storage Unit, Arrested on Drug Charges

WINSLOW TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A DuBois couple are facing drug and related charges following an incident that occurred at a storage unit on Wayne Road, in Winslow Township, Jefferson County.

According to court documents, DuBois-based State Police filed criminal charges against 38-year-old Joseph Michael Kot Sr. and 43-year-old Christina Sue Kinder, both of DuBois.

According to a criminal complaint, on August 19, Cpl. Borden, of PSP DuBois, was dispatched to the Wayne Road Storage units located at 2472 Wayne Road for the report of two individuals passed out in different vehicles.

The complaint states that around 9:02 a.m. Cpl. Borden arrived on the scene and observed a black Honda Civic parked in close proximity to the storage units. The passenger’s door was open, and a male was sitting in the passenger seat sleeping.

Cpl. Borden identified himself, and for safety purposes, a Terry frisk was performed. Cpl. Borden felt an object consistent with a pistol in the male’s right, front pant’s pocket. The male was placed into custody and a loaded, Taurus 9mm was removed from his pocket. In continuing his search for additional weapons, Cpl. Borden felt an object that was consistent in size and shape to that of a packaged controlled substance. The male was asked what the object was, and the male responded that he did not know, according to the complaint.

The object in his pocket was identified as multiple glassine baggies of suspected methamphetamine as well as multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia. The methamphetamine weighed approximately 18 grams, the complaint continues.

The male, identified as Joseph Kot by his driver’s license, advised that he did not have a concealed weapons permit. A criminal history check on the accused revealed that he was a person not to possess a firearm due to a 2005 conviction of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a first-degree misdemeanor, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, Cpl. Borden also observed a black Chevrolet Cobalt in close proximity to the storage units with the driver’s door open. A female was sitting in the driver’s seat sleeping. When Cpl. Borden approached her and identified himself, she started to awaken. It was observed that she had glassy, bloodshot eyes with extremely constricted pupils.

The female, identified as Christina Kinder from her driver’s license, said that she and her boyfriend were just working on a car but decided to take a nap. Multiple items of drug paraphernalia were observed in close proximity to where the accused was sitting. Kinder granted permission of a search of her vehicle, and a total of approximately 50 grams of suspected methamphetamine located in multiple baggies, a scale, many glassine baggies with different markings for identification, multiple syringes, and multiple smoking devices were discovered, the complaint states.

Based on the information gathered at the scene, charges were filed against both individuals.

Kot was arraigned at 9:40 p.m. on August 19 on the following charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Possession Of Firearm Prohibited, Felony 2
– Firearms Not To Be Carried W/O License, Felony 3
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor
– Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

Unable to post $150,000.00 monetary bail (10%), he was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

Kinder was arraigned at 9:15 p.m. on August 19 on the following charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor
– Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

Unable to post $100,000.00 monetary bail (10%), she was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on August 29 in front of Magisterial District Judge David B. Inzana.


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