Three arrested on drug charges at South Waverly hotel
Sayre police arrested three individuals Saturday in South Waverly on charges relating to the alleged sale and distribution of bath salts.
According to a release from borough police, Jeffrey John Hernandez, 37, of Waverly, Timothy Lee Vanhousen Jr., 25, of Sayre, and Jessica Lynn Schultz, 19, of Monroeton, were arrested at about 12:40 a.m. Saturday at the Hampton Inn on Elmira Street.
Police charged Hernandez with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, and criminal use of a communication facility, according to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw by borough police.
Police said Schultz was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct.
Vanhousen was charged with escape, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, simple assault and resisting arrest, police said.
According to information from borough police, management and employees of the Hampton Inn contacted officers regarding suspicious activity revolving around a room on the third floor.
The hotel's manager told police that an unusual amount of traffic was entering and leaving the room, according to the affidavit filed in district court. In addition, a woman was seen exchanging items with people in the parking lot on several occasions, and multiple calls were received for the room at the front desk, police said.
According to police, officers found Vanhousen and Schultz while waiting for an elevator to go to the third floor. Vanhousen fled, running down a hallway, police said.
Officers deployed a Taser on Vanhousen, but he continued to resist arrest until officers eventually placed him into custody, police said. A Sayre officer injured his right knee in the struggle, according to police.
A search warrant executed on the hotel room turned up drug paraphernalia, over $1,600 in cash and over an ounce of bath salts, police said. Several cell phones and a computer were also removed, police said. Hernandez stated to police that he had been selling bath salts out of the room, police said.
Hernandez and Vanhousen were remanded to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail each, while Schultz was remanded to the jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. All three will face preliminary hearings before Judge Shaw Aug. 14.
Sayre police were assisted by Athens Township and Athens Borough police and the Tioga County, N.Y. Sheriff's Office. The investigation into the incident continues, with further arrests anticipated, police said.
Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.