Jefferson Drug Task Force Breaks Up Illegal Tattooing, Drug Operation

REYNOLDSVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – The Jefferson County Drug Task Force, the Reynoldsville Police Department, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office broke up a drug trafficking and an illegal tattooing operation during an investigation on Tuesday.

(Pictured above: Marc “Joker” Panzer)

According to Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett, the three agencies obtained and served two search warrants for drug trafficking and the illegal tattooing of minors from an apartment located at 443 East Main St., Apt 3, Reynoldsville Borough.

Numerous items relating to the illegal tattooing operation and items of drug sales. Four grams of cocaine and methamphetamine paraphernalia were seized.

Five people were found in the apartment, including a 16-year-old female juvenile who was determined to be the victim of the illegal tattooing.

Also found hiding in the apartment was a wanted male parolee absconder wanted by Pa State Parole.

Arrested and remanded to the Jefferson County Jail was Marc “Joker” Panzer of Reynoldsville.

Panzer was charged with three counts of illegal tattooing of minors, three counts of corruption of minors, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Additional charges and arrests are pending.

Also arrested on a warrant and remanded to the custody of State Parole was James Patrick Rodgers, 35, of Johnstown.

The Task Force was also assisted at by Marienville-based State Police, Jefferson County EMS, and Brookville Police Department and Sigel Volunteer Fire Department.

“I am very pleased with the initiative and quick decisive action taken by the Drug Task Force on these separate investigations under the direction of my County Detective, Guy Felmlee,” Burkett said. “The DTF received actionable information in both of these cases and then moved swiftly to take drugs and offenders off of our streets. Also, my thanks go out to the many agencies that assisted us on these cases.”

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