Gant Daily: Charges Held for Court Against Drug Suspect

CLEARFIELD, Pa. – Yesterday, all charges were held for court against a Clearfield man who was allegedly found with quantities of crack cocaine and heroin when law enforcement searched his Turnpike Avenue apartment earlier this month.

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Luther L. Ware Jr., 63, of Clearfield has been charged with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver; criminal use of communication facility; and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Ware contacted a confidential informant on Oct. 8, saying he was coming back to Clearfield the next day with a large quantity of controlled substances. The CI had multiple cell phone conversations with Ware about it, and authorities subsequently obtained a search warrant for his Turnpike Avenue apartment.

Prior to the execution of the search warrant, the CI made a controlled purchase of one gram of crack/powder cocaine from Ware. The CI paid Ware $100 and the drug/money exchange occurred within Ware’s apartment. Another male was present in Ware’s apartment and he said Ware could “take care” of the CI first.

The male who was inside the apartment with Ware was waiting for controlled substances for distribution. Once the CI paid Ware, the CI left the apartment to meet with law enforcement. At that time, the CI turned over the crack cocaine that had just been purchased from Ware.

When police executed the search warrant, someone tossed a bag containing approximately a half-ounce of a controlled substance, presumably crack cocaine, from the window of Ware’s apartment. Police also seized approximately 180 bags of heroin from the kitchen table area. During a search of the apartment, police located approximately a half-ounce of powder/crack cocaine.

The CI had previously indicated to police that during the controlled purchase, Ware had reached outside an apartment window to a location consistent with where 12 bags of powder/crack cocaine were found inside a pill bottle.

Police also found a ledger sheet with amounts needed to be made from the sale of all of the controlled substances, including cocaine and heroin. Next to the pill bottle, police found a sock containing the packaging materials consistent with the distribution of controlled substances and namely crack cocaine.

Upon Ware’s arrest, police located $195 on him. Of that, police said $100 was money used during the controlled purchase.

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