Three Locals Awaiting Preliminary Hearing Following Crack Cocaine Bust

mugsSHIPPENVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – Three Shippenville individuals have been arrested for allegedly selling Crack Cocaine and related offenses stemming from an ongoing CNET investigation that occurred in the borough of Shippenville, Clarion County.

According to court documents, 52-year-old Walter A. Boggs; 54-year-old Linda Lee McKinley; and 55-year-old Keith D. Miller – all of Shippenville – have been charged with Felony drug offenses following an investigation and a search of their residence located at 105 North 3rd Street in the Borough of Shippenville.

As previously reported by exploreClarion.com last week, Walter A. Boggs was arrested on Tuesday, March 17, for allegedly selling Crack Cocaine to a CNET confidential informant on two separate occasions.

He is facing the following charges from offenses on March 15, 16, and 17:

  • three counts of Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
  • four counts of Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Per Not Registered, Misdemeanor
  • one count of Conspiracy – Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
  • two counts of Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
  • two counts of Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3
  • one count of Possession Of Firearm Prohibited, Felony
  • one count of Driving W/O A License, Summary

Unable to post $75,000.00 bail, Boggs was lodged in the Clarion County Jail.

McKinley has been charged with the following offenses:

  • Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
  • Conspiracy – Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
  • Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Per Not Registered, Misdemeanor
  • Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
  • Possession Of Firearm Prohibited, Felony 2
  • Permit Unlicensed Driver, Summary

The following charges have been filed against Miller:

  • Conspiracy – Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
  • Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
  • Possession Of Firearm Prohibited, Felony 2

CNET Allegedly Makes Controlled Drug Purchases of Crack Cocaine from Boggs

According to a criminal complaint, on March 15, 2015, CNET made a controlled drug purchase of Crack Cocaine from Walter A. Boggs at a residence at 105 North 3rd Street, in Shippenville, Pa.

The complaint states that on March 16, 2015, CNET members made another purchase of Crack Cocaine from Boggs via a confidential informant using $100.00 in official CNET funds.

CNET Members Set Up Observation of Residence in Shippenville Borough

The complaint indicates that on March 17, 2015, CNET continued an investigation into drug sales occurring at the residence located at 105 North 3rd Street in the Borough of Shippenville.

On March 17, 2015, CNT members set up observation of the above described residence at 9:30 a.m. During the course of watching the residence, CNET member Peck viewed three difference vehicles pull into the driveway, the complaint continues.

Officer Peck stated “the occupant(s) would exit the vehicle and enter the residence. The people would be inside the residence only for a couple of minutes and return to their vehicle and leave.”

Based on the two controlled drug purchases within the past couple of days and the suspicious activity at the residence, CNET member Peck believed that drug sales were still occurring at the residence, according to the complaint.

Knox Police Chief Bowen Conducts Traffic Stop on Boggs

At approximately 3:05 p.m., CNET member Peck observed Boggs leaving the property in a white Toyota SUV, driving east on North Street. He was aware that Boggs’ driving license expired on December 31, 2003, so he made contact with the Knox Borough Police Department Chief Bowen and requested a traffic stop be conducted on Boggs. Boggs drove westbound on State Route 208 towards Knox Borough. At approximately 3:15 p.m., Chief Bowen conducted a traffic stop of Boggs’ vehicle, which was registered to co-defendant Linda McKinley, the complaint states.

Boggs was ordered out of the vehicle based on probable cause of the two felony drug sales. He was searched and asked if he had drugs on his person, and he allegedly stated “yes” – in his pocket. All of the items were removed from his pockets, but no drugs were located. When asked what kind of drugs, Boggs allegedly replied that he had two bags of Cocaine. Boggs allegedly said that “he must have thrown them out the window.” Boggs had a wallet in his hand that was seized by officials. There was $503.00 in cash in the wallet, the complaint continues.

Boggs was taken into custody without incident. The vehicle was removed from the highway to a nearby parking lot, and Frye’s garage was contacted to respond to impound the vehicle, the complaint indicates.

Search Warrant Issued for Bogg’s Residence

CNET members Peck and Drake then went to District Judge Turk’s office and applied for a search warrant for the residence located at 105 North 3rd Street in Shippenville.

After District Judge Turk issued the search warrant for the residence, CNET members Peck and Drake served the search warrant with the assistance of Clarion County Adult Probation. At 3:50 p.m., the search warrant was served at the residence; Keith Miller and Linda McKinley were located in the living room of the trailer, the complaint indicates.

When Officer Peck explained the search warrant was for the sales of Cocaine coming from residence, both Miller and McKinley allegedly “blamed Boggs for selling the drugs, and they had nothing to do with it.” Miller and McKinley were read their Miranda Warnings, according to the complaint.

CNET Members Discover Firearm in Residence

A search of the residence was conducted. CNET member Drake located 22 cal. ammunition. CNET member Drake went outside and talked to Boggs who was returned to the residence and seated in a patrol car outside the residence. Drake then located a 22 rifle behind the TV in the living room which was loaded with 5 live 22 caliber rounds. Based on the investigation, all three individuals – Boggs, McKinley, and Miller – are convicted felons and are not to possess a firearm. Drake said that Boggs took the gun in on trade for drugs. Drake also located a plastic baggie of marijuana particles inside a jacket pocket that Boggs allegedly told him about, the complaint indicates.

CNET Members Seize Property as Evidence

CNET members conducted a search of the residence and seized the following items:

  • Marlin Model 60 Rifle
    Bushnell Scope
    5 – 22 caliber rounds
    $200.00 in cash from Linda McKinley’s bra
    digital scale – on top of refrigerator
    $502.00 in cash from McKinley’s purse
    $1,000.00 in cash from McKinley’s purse
    Samsung cell phone
    plastic baggie marijuana particles – in jacket pocket
    Digiweigh scale with white residue on it
    two pipes with residue
    straw
    leather bag with multiple crack pipes inside – Miller stated was his
    Motorola phone
    Samsung phone
    box of shells
    copper mesh
    pill bottle – 81 pills marked K56; 5 pills marked 3605; and 2 orange pills marked 973 – pill bottle prescribed to McKinley for 120 pills filled on 3/17/2015
    letter of Indicia for McKinley
    letter of Indicia for Miller
    letter of Indicia for Boggs

CNET member Peck noticed that McKinley just got her pill bottle of Oxy type pills filled on 3/17/2015 and was allegedly 39 pills short, the complaint indicates.

Peck Allegedly Discovers CNET Controlled Drug Buy Money on McKinley

CNET member Peck also noticed that one of the $20.00 bills taken from McKinley’s bra was marked CNET controlled drug buy money used in the purchase of Crack Cocaine within the past two days. Peck asked McKinley if Boggs has given her any money recently, and she allegedly replied, “No.” Peck asked her “Not today, yesterday, within the past week or past month?” McKinley allegedly said, “No, last time was a long time ago in like 1993 when then dated.” Peck confronted her with why she had CNET marked buy money in her bra then, and McKinley did not answer the question. Peck then talked to Miller, and he allegedly stated that he did take a couple of McKinley’s pills today that she gave him, and McKinley allegedly sold some of the pills to people who came to the house today, the complaint states.

Miller Allegedly Tells Peck About Purchase of Crack Cocaine/Heroin in Columbus, OH

Peck asked Miller about the activity of Boggs and the last time he “re-up” on drugs. Miller allegedly stated that on Sunday, Boggs went to Columbus, Ohio, and purchased a half ounce of Crack Cocaine and some black tar Heroin. Peck asked Miller who went with him, and Miller allegedly said that he did. Miller allegedly said they used drugs on the way back home to Pa. Miller also allegedly stated that he uses drugs but did not sell any. Miller allegedly said since Boggs returned on Sunday, numerous people had come to the residence and purchased Crack from Boggs, according to the complaint.

Peck Checks Criminal Histories of Suspects

Peck had checked all three criminal histories for Boggs, Miller, and McKinley.

All have prior convictions that restrict them from being in possession of a firearm.

Boggs has a prior Felony Delivery of a Controlled Substance conviction on June 16, 1992.

McKinley has two prior Felony Delivery of a Controlled Substance convictions on September 3, 2008.

Miller has three prior Felony Delivery of a Controlled Substance convictions on September 3, 2008, and August 6, 2008.

Corrections Officers Allegedly Find Crack Cocaine When Booking Boggs

On March 18, 2015, Donald Owens, Deputy Warden of the Clarion County Jail, contacted CNET member Peck. Owens stated when Boggs was booked into the jail, the Corrections Officers allegedly located a plastic baggie containing seven individually wrapped packages of suspected Crack Cocaine, the complaint states.

On March 20, 2015, Peck picked up the property seized at the Clarion County Jail, and it contained the same type of substance and packaged the same as the two purchases CNET make from Boggs, the complaint indicates.

Boggs, McKinley, Miller Await Preliminary Hearing

Based on the evidence from the CNET investigation, Officer Peck request the court to require Boggs, McKinley, and Miller answer the charges previously listed.

Preliminary hearings for all three suspects have been scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on April 7 in front of Magisterial District Judge Amy Long Turk.


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