|Andy Watson, District Attorney|
Mr. Howell is charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Possession With Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, and Criminal Use of a Communication Facility.
The investigation and arrest resulted from a January 21, 2016 investigation by Drug Task Force Officers Bradley Buchholz, Bryan Phelps, and Curt McClain.
The Drug Task Force Confidential Informant exchanged text messages and phone calls with Mr. Howell to arrange a purchase of eleven bags of heroin for $200.00. The Informant met Mr. Howell at 1 Bridge St. in Galeton and the two individuals traveled to Gaines in Tioga County.
The Informant then returned to Galeton Borough and met with Drug Task Force Officers relinquishing the bags of heroin. The Informant advised that they had met Mr. Howell at 1 Bridge St. along with another white male who drove the Informant to Gaines.
The Informant gave Mr. Howell the $200.00 and he went inside of a residence to purchase heroin. Mr. Howell then re-entered the vehicle and gave the Informant the bags of heroin and Mr. Howell kept one for himself, purportedly for acting as the middle man in the transaction.
This arrest represents another successful investigation by the East Drug Task Force, created by District Attorney Andy Watson in 2010. A special thanks is extended to the Drug Task Force Officers involved in the investigation and for their dedication in the ongoing efforts to battle the heroin epidemic.