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Clarion Man Faces Flight Charges, Woman Accused of Harboring; Both Jailed on Drug Offenses

Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 12:06 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

walkerCLARION BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – Police arrested two Clarion residents on drug-related charges after serving a warrant at a Liberty Street residence.

Court documents indicate the Clarion Borough Police Department filed criminal charges against 36-year-old Charles Edward Walker and 26-year-old Randi Lynn Meals, both of Clarion.

According to a criminal complaint, around 2:25 p.m. on Monday, June 11, Officer Wright assisted Clarion County Sheriff’s Deputies in an attempt to serve a felony warrant on Charles Edward Walker.

Deputy Swartzfager had information that Walker was currently staying with Randi Lynn Meals at a residence on Liberty Street in Clarion Borough.

Deputy Swartzfager and Officer Wright proceeded to the front door of the residence, and Deputy Burney covered the rear entrance. Officer Wright knocked on the door, and it was answered by Meals. Officer Wright advised Meals that the officers currently held a warrant for Walker and asked her if he was present at the residence, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, Meals said he was not there and that she had not spoken to him since Friday, June 8.

While Office Wright spoke with Meals, he noted a clear glass smoking pipe on top of a black box on the coffee table inside the door and asked Meals if they could look around. Meals gave her consent, and Officer Wright advised her that if they located Walker inside the residence, she would be charged with hindering apprehension, the complaint indicates.

Meals again stated that Walker was not inside the residence, according to the complaint.

Officer Wright then stepped inside and observed a white powdery substance with a straw sticking out of it on the TV stand. He asked Meals if there were any more drugs inside the residence and she replied, “I don’t know.”

Officer Wright then asked Meals for consent to search for drugs. Meals advised Officer Wright to get a warrant, and he advised Meals that he would be applying for a search warrant for the residence and that she would have to step out on the porch to preserve evidence.

Officers Zerfoss and Wright then did a security sweep of the residence for additional persons.

The complaint notes that while clearing the residence, Officer Wright observed a digital scale, razor blades, and clear baggies on the kitchen table in plain view.

Walker was hiding in a closet in the bedroom; he was taken into custody and brought out to the living room.

According to the complaint, Walker said that he did not want Meals charged for anything and stated, “That is my cocaine over there on the table,” and nodded his head towards the TV, the complaint states.

Officer Wright asked Walker if there were any more drugs inside of the residence and he stated, “not that I know of.”

A search warrant was applied for at the office of Magisterial District Judge Duane Quinn, which was subsequently granted, and Officer Wright returned to the Liberty Street residence at 2:25 p.m.

The following items were recovered at the residence:

- A clear glass smoking pipe with residue;
- A black lock box containing a digital scale, a clear baggie containing crystals (suspected methamphetamine) and several small ziplock baggies;
- A silver lockbox containing smoking pipes and several small ziplock baggies;
- A green container containing white powder substance (suspected cocaine);
- A black Cricket ZTE cell phone;
- A black Samsung cell phone;
- A black Samsung cell phone;
- A black LG cell phone;
- A digital scale;
- A plastic baggie containing white powder substance and a spoon (suspected cocaine);
- A red zipper bag containing small plastic ziplock baggies;
- A black safe containing drug paraphernalia;
- A purple container containing white rocky substance (suspected crack cocaine); and
- $611.00 in U.S. currency;

The items were confiscated and transported to the Clarion Borough Police Department.

Once back at the station, Officer Wright read Meals her Miranda rights, and she signed and agreed to speak to him.

According to the complaint, Meals said the white powdery substance in the green container was cocaine, the crystal substance located in the black lockbox was methamphetamine, and the white powdery substance in the baggie located on the kitchen table was cocaine. Meals then signed a consent of the search of one of the black Samsung cellular phones and the black ZTE cellular phone.

Meals was arraigned at 6:50 p.m. on Monday, June 11, in Magisterial District Judge Duane L. Quinn’s office on the following charges:

- Hinder Apprehension/Prosecution-Harbor Or Conceal, Felony 3
- Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
- Intentional Possession of Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor
- Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

Unable to post $25,000.00 cash bail, she was lodged in the Clarion County Jail.

Walker was arraigned at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, in Magisterial District Judge Duane L. Quinn’s office on the following charges:

- Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
- Flight To Avoid Apprehension/Trial/Punishment, Felony 3
- Intentional Possession of Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor
- Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

Unable to post $50,000.00 cash bail, he was lodged in the Clarion County Jail.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled for 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19, with Judge Quinn presiding.


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