Two involved in drug bust waive preliminary hearings
Two of the three people arrested on drug charges earlier this month at a South Waverly hotel waived their preliminary hearings in district court Tuesday.
Jeffrey John Hernandez, 37, of Waverly and Timothy Lee Vanhousen Jr., 25, of Sayre are both scheduled to be arraigned in Bradford County Court on Sept. 10, according to court information. A preliminary hearing scheduled Tuesday for Jessica Schultz, 19, of Monroeton, the third person arrested Aug. 4 by Sayre borough police, was continued to Aug. 28, according to court information.
Police arrested the three on charges relating to the alleged sale and distribution of bath salts, according to information from borough police.
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 an affidavit filed by police.
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.
Police said Schultz was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct.
Police responded to the Hampton Inn on Elmira Street following a report from the hotel's manager of a larger than usual amount of traffic entering and leaving a third-floor room, police said.
Police found Vanhousen and Schultz while waiting for an elevator at the hotel, police said. Vanhousen then fled down a hallway, initiating a foot chase, police said. Officers deployed a stun gun on Vanhousen, but he continued to resist arrest, police said.
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.
The three were remanded to the Bradford County Jail, Hernandez and Vanhousen in lieu of $75,000 bail and Schultz in lieu of $50,000 bail. Hernandez' bail was reduced Tuesday to $25,000 as the result of an agreement, according to court information.
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