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DuBois Drug Dealer Sentenced to State Prision
October 7, 2013
CLEARFIELD - Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced today that a DuBois drug dealer has been sentenced to state prison.

Shaw identified the defendant as Vernon Duncan, age 27, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

On March 5, 2013, Officer Randy Young of the DuBois City Police Department, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Duncan with: 1) Possession With the Intent to Manufacture or Deliver a Controlled Substance, F, 7 Counts; 2) Criminal Conspiracy - Possession With the Intent to Manufacture or Deliver a Controlled Substance, F; 3) Persons Not to Possess, Use, Manufacture, Control, Sell or Transfer Firearms, F2, 2 Counts; 4) Criminal Use of a Communication Facility, F3, 4 Counts; 5) Possession of a Controlled Substance, M, 7 Counts; and 6) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, M.

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Officer Young provides that in February 2013, the DuBois City Police Department, Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, and the Clearfield County Drug Task Force, began an investigation into the sale of narcotics and marijuana from a residence in DuBois City. On February 5, 2013, an undercover agent purchased $80.00 worth of marijuana from Duncan inside the residence on Quarry Avenue. Additional purchases of controlled substances were arranged with Duncan via text messages on his cellular telephone.

The affidavit provides that a second purchase of controlled substances was made on February 14, 2013. On that date an undercover agent purchased $250.00 worth of cocaine and marijuana from Duncan at the residence on Quarry Avenue. The affidavit provides that a second purchase of controlled substances was made on February 14, 2013. On that date an undercover agent purchased $250.00 worth of cocaine and marijuana from Duncan at the residence on Quarry Avenue.

The Criminal Complaint states that on March 5, 2013, Officers from the DuBois City Police Department, Clearfield County Drug Task Force Officers, Troopers from the Pennsylvania State Police, and Agents from the Attorney General's Office conducted a search on the residence on Quarry Avenue. Both Duncan and his roommate were present at the time of the search of the apartment. As a result of the search, cocaine, marijuana, several firearms, and multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia were located.

A jury trial was held from July 31, 2013, to August 2, 2013, and Duncan was found guilty of the charges. On October 3, 2013, the Honorable Paul E. Cherry sentenced Duncan to a minimum of 14 years and a maximum of 28 years incarceration in the State Prison System.

Following sentencing, Shaw stated that he was extremely satisfied with the sentence imposed by Cherry. Shaw stated that Judge Cherry's sentence sends a profound message that selling drugs will not be tolerated in Clearfield County. Shaw further explained that the charges reflect the ongoing nature of drug investigations in Clearfield County, and that he was pleased with the efforts by the DuBois City Police Department, Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, and the Clearfield County Drug Task Force to identify and investigate drug related cases. Shaw emphasized that Clearfield County is not a safe haven for drug dealers and those who are dealing drugs in this community will be caught and prosecuted.
 
 
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