Two Locals Charged with Selling Cocaine

crime-newsPUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (EYT) – Two Punxsutawney individuals have been arrested for allegedly selling cocaine and related charges stemming from an ongoing investigation that occurred on Beyer Avenue, in Punxsutawney, Jefferson County.

According to court documents, Punxsutawney-based State Police filed criminal charges against 37-year-old Jamar Grant and 34-year-old Virginia Kane, both of Punxsutawney.

September 15, 2015 Alleged Cocaine Delivery

According to a criminal complaint, on September 15, 2015, police met with a Pa. State Police C.I. (Confidential Informant) who said that he/she could assist with the purchase of two grams of cocaine from Jamar Grant for $200.00. The C.I. called Grant at 3:42 p.m.; the officer was able to hear a male’s voice on the phone. Grant allegedly told the C.I. that it was $100.00 a gram. At 3:53 p.m., the C.I. called Grant back, and Grant allegedly told the C.I. to just come up to his apartment at Beyer Avenue. The C.I. was given $200.00 in official funds.

The complaint states that around 4:12 p.m., police observed the C.I. pulling into the Beyer Avenue apartment complex and then driving around the back side of the complex. Around 4:19 p.m., the C.I. pulled out from behind the complex, and around 4:20 p.m., police met the C.I. a short distance from the Beyer Avenue apartment complex. The suspected cocaine was laying on the passenger’s seat with tissue paper wrapped around a small Ziploc baggie. The C.I. said that Grant did not want to come out of the apartment, so the C.I. went into the apartment to meet him.

At 4:48 p.m., a NIK (Narcotics Identification Kit) test was done on one bag of suspected cocaine, and it showed a positive reading for the presence of cocaine. The evidence was packaged and entered into the evidence receiving locker at 5:00 p.m., the complaint indicates.

October 1, 2015 Alleged Cocaine Delivery

According to a criminal complaint, on October 1, 2015, police met with a Pa. State Police C.I. who said that he/she could assist with the purchase of three grams of cocaine from Jamar Grant for $300.00. Around 6:57 p.m., the C.I. called Grant who told the C.I. to come to his apartment on Beyer Avenue and meet in the parking lot. The C.I. was given $300.00 in official funds.

The complaint indicates that around 7:12 p.m., police observed a white female walking out of the Beyer Avenue apartment complex. The C.I. then called police and indicated that Grant told him/her that his girlfriend would meet him/her. Police observed the female – Virginia Kane – get into the C.I.’s vehicle around 7:14 p.m. The C.I. turned around at Jenks Avenue and went back toward the Beyer Avenue apartments. Kane exited the C.I.’s vehicle around 7:16 p.m. Police followed the C.I. to a predetermined location where the C.I. handed police three plastic corner baggies with suspected cocaine.

At 7:25 p.m., a NIK test was done on one bag of suspected cocaine, and it showed a positive reading for the presence of cocaine. The evidence was packaged and entered into the evidence receiving locker at 7:32. p.m.

November 12, 2015 Alleged Cocaine Delivery

On November 12, 2015, police met with a Pa. State Police C.I. who stated that he/she could assist with the purchase of four grams of cocaine from Jamar Grant for $400.00. Around 3:25 p.m., police met the C.I. The C.I. called Grant, and Grant told the C.I. that he would bring the cocaine to him/her. Police gave the C.I. $400.00 in official funds and set up surveillance, according to a criminal complaint.

Around 3:54 p.m., police observed both Grant and Virginia Kane go to the C.I.’s residence. Around 3:56 p.m., both Grant and Kane left the C.I.’s residence. Police positively identified both suspects as they passed in the alley around 3:57 p.m., the complaint states.

Police took possession of the cocaine around 3:59 p.m. Around 4:20 p.m., a NIK test was done on one bag of suspected cocaine, and it showed a positive reading for the presence of cocaine. The evidence was packaged and entered into the evidence receiving locker at 4:30 p.m.

Grant, Kane Charged, Arrested; Awaiting Preliminary Hearings

On March 4, criminal complaints were filed against Grant and Kane in Jefferson County Court.

The following offenses have been filed against Grant:

  • Conspiracy – Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony (two counts)
  • Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony (three counts)
  • Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3 (three counts)
  • Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor (three counts)

Unable to post $50,000.00 monetary bail for each incident (September 15, 2015; October 1, 2015; and November 12, 2015), Grant was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

Kane faces the following charges:

  • Conspiracy – Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony (two counts)
  • Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony (two counts)
  • Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor (two counts)

Unable to post $50,000.00 monetary bail for each incident (October 1, 2015, and November 12, 2015), Kane was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

Grant and Kane are awaiting preliminary hearings in front of Magisterial District Judge Douglas Robert Chambers.

A date for the hearings has not yet been determined.


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