A St. Marys, PA man and one other person were arrested after an alleged heroin delivery attempt on Saturday, June 4th.
Police discovered that 32-year-old Joseph L. Bauer of St. Marys was allegedly getting heroin near Pittsburgh and taking it to Elk County in order to sell it just two days before his arrest, court documents state. According to court records, police found out that Bauer would allegedly be traveling to Elk County with heroin on Saturday, June 4th.
Police stopped Bauer’s vehicle at 5:40 p.m. on Saturday in order to execute a search warrant, court records state. The vehicle was parked in the old KFC parking lot on South St. Marys Street. According to court records, police seized a total of 19 1/2 heroin bricks. The street value of the heroin is around $25,000. Police also seized some drug paraphernalia.
According to what Bauer told police, he used money he made from allegedly selling heroin and money that 31-year-old Timothy L. Close Jr. of Ridgeway gave him in order to purchase the heroin police seized. Close allegedly gave Bauer $4,200 in order to purchase heroin. According to police, the alleged deal was set up via cell phone.
Bauer faces charges including felony possession with intent to deliver heroin, felony conspiracy to deliver heroin, felony dealing in the proceeds of unlawful activities in the 1st degree, felony criminal use of a communication facility in the 3rd degree, misdemeanor possessing heroin, and misdemeanor possessing paraphernalia. Close faces charges including felony conspiracy to deliver heroin, felony dealing in the proceeds of unlawful activities in the first degree, and felony criminal use of a communication facility in the third degree.
After Bauer’s arraignment in front of Magisterial District Judge Mark Jacob in St. Marys on Saturday, he was placed n jail. Close was arrested on Monday, June 6th. After Close’s arraignment in front of Magisterial District Judge Mark Jacob, he was also placed in jail. The bail for Bauer and Close is $50,000 a piece. Their preliminary hearing are both scheduled for June 14th, 2016, at 9:15 a.m. Please remember that the accused are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
The arrests of Bauer and Close come after investigations by the Attorney General’s North Central Municipal Drug Task Force and St. Marys City Police.