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Local Man Allegedly Swallows Heroin During Traffic Stop; Drug Paraphernalia Found Inside Vehicle

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 12:03 AM

Posted by Joanne Bauer

imageedit_2_5120071943KNOX BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – Two local individuals are facing additional drug charges following a traffic stop in the Borough of Knox, Clarion County.

According to a criminal complaint, around 1:14 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017, Chief Bowen, of the Knox Borough Police Department, observed a maroon-colored, Ford pickup heading east on State Route 338 with an expired registration. A traffic stop was initiated.

The complaint states that Chief Bowen made contact with the female driver – identified as 27-year-old Shayla Lynn Ganci, of Lucinda – and the male passenger – 27-year-old Richard Lewis Ganci, of Tionesta – and another known, female passenger.

Officer Webster, of the Knox Borough Police Department, noticed a syringe in the driver’s side door and also observed a syringe on the rear floor of the vehicle. Both items were seen in plain view, the complaint continues.

During the investigation, borough police discovered the following items on Richard Ganci:

- Six white pills, identified as Gabapentin
- Three yellow/brown capsules, identified as Gabapentin
- One syringe cap
- Several stamp bags

The complaint states that the pills/capsules require prescriptions which Ganci advised that he did not have.

The following items were located inside the vehicle:

- Three empty blister packs of pseudoephedrine
- Four stamp bags marked “Glock”
- Two hypodermic needles
- One bottle of STP octane booster 5.25 fl. oz.

According to the complaint, Richard Ganci was put in the back of the patrol car, and it was learned that he had stamp bags of heroin in his shirt pocket. When Chief Bowen attempted to retrieve them, Ganci made the statement several times, “They are gone.”

Ganci allegedly admitted to Officer Webster that he had swallowed the stamp bags while in the back seat of the patrol vehicle, the complaint continues.

Shippenville EMS arrived on scene, and Ganci was transported to Clarion Hospital. Officer Webster followed the ambulance to the hospital.

Upon running the vehicle identification number, it showed no registration plate assigned to the Ford pickup, and the registration plate on the pickup belonged to a different vehicle.

Knox Borough Police filed the following charges against Richard Ganci:

- Tamper With/Fabricate Physical Evidence, Misdemeanor 2
- Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor
- Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
- Operating Vehicle W/O Required Financial Responsibility, Summary

Police also filed the following charges against Shayla Ganci:

- Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor
- Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
- Fraudulent Use/Removal Of Registration Plate, Summary
- Driving Unregistered Vehicle, Summary

Preliminary hearings are scheduled for 2:15 p.m. on March 28 in front of Magisterial District Judge Amy Long Turk.

January 10, 2017 Case Against Richard Ganci, III, of Tionesta, and Shayla Ganci, of Lucinda

According to a criminal complaint filed by Pennsylvania State Police, Shayla Lynn Ganci allegedly agreed to sell a confidential informant (C.I.) five bag of methamphetamine for $100.00.

The complaint states that a meeting was arranged for Tuesday, January 10, at the intersection of Pine Hollow Road and State Route 36, in Washington Township, Clarion County.

According to the complaint, Shayla Ganci and Richard Lewis Ganci, III met with the C.I. and state police in an undercover vehicle. Richard Ganci then made the exchange of drugs for money with a state police officer.

At the station, the state police officer identified both people by JNET photographs.

Following an investigation, Shayla Ganci and Richard Ganci were arrested on March 1 and arraigned at Judge Schill’s office.

Shayla Ganci was charged with the following offenses:

- Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony (two counts)
- Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3

Richard Ganci faces the following charges:

- Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
- Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor

Unable to post $25,000.00 monetary bail each, both individuals were lodged in the Clarion County Jail.

Preliminary hearings for this case are scheduled for March 28.


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