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Avis woman found in possession of $15K of drugs

Mary Yost

AVIS — Pine Creek Township Police recently arrested an Avis woman for possession of multiple drugs and paraphernalia inside her home along East Central Avenue in the borough.

According to Crimewatch, the incident began during a seperate investigation being conducted by the Lycoming County Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU) who were surveying a residence at 820 E. Central Ave.

“The NEU observed a known drug dealer exit the residence of 820 E. Central Ave. and get into a champagne colored Jeep Comander,” the report reads. “The Jeep Commander circled the block and stopped, returning to the front of 820 E. Central Ave. where the known male exited the vehicle and returned to the residence.”

The NEU followed the Jeep to a nearby car wash where they spoke with its two occupants. The pair told police they left Avis after meeting with a black male who was known to them. The two provided the street name of the man.

“This was the same as the person the officers witnessed walk out of the residence and get into the Jeep, circle the block and exit the Jeep and go back inside the residence,” police said in their report. “Both occupants admitted to picking up the known male and going for a short ride as they exchanged $20 for a small baggie of crystal methamphetamine.”

The NEU passed this information along to the Pine Creek Township Police Department who were familiar with the East Central Avenue address, having recently made a controlled purchase of cocaine from Mary Yost, using a confidential informant.

A search warrant for Yost’s home was obtained and executed. Police found the following items in Yost’s home during the search:

— 178 grams of bath salts.

— 34 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

— 2 grams of cocaine.

— 8 packed baggies of heroin stamped “Zombieland.”

— 4 Subutex tablets.

— 3 MDMA pills.

— 8 pills that were described as fentanyl tables.

— Several hundred hypodermic needles.

— A Mossberg 12 Ga shotgun with an obliterated serial number and the barrel cut and filed to 14 1/2 inches.

“There wre also numerous pieces of packaging material, scales and drug parapheranlia all consistent with the selling of controlled substances,” police said. “The street value of the controlled substances that were recovered is approximately $15,000.”

This was a combined effort between the Lycoming County Narcotics Enforcement Unit, Pine Creek Township Police Department, Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Department, Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Marshalls Task Force, Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics Division.

Yost was subsequently arrested and charged with Felony possession of a firearm with an altered manufacturers number; Felony possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance; Misdeameanor possession of a controlled substance; and Misdeameanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Yost was arrainged before District Judge John Maggs on May 7 and placed in the Clinton County Correctional Facility in lieu of $65,000.

Yost was also arraigned for charges of Felony delivery of a controlled substance; felony possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance; felony criminal use of a communication facility; and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance stemming from another incident. The incident occurred on New Years Eve where Yost sold one gram of cocaine to a confidential informant for $100 at her residence.

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