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CNET Busts Clarion Man for Selling Marijuana

Saturday, December 15, 2018 @ 10:12 AM

Posted by Joanne Bauer

Jovante SeardCLARION BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – CNET arrested a Clarion man after he sold marijuana to a confidential informant on three separate occasions.

According to court documents, Clarion County Detectives filed the following criminal charges against Jovante Alexander Seard, of Clarion, on December 13:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony (four counts)
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3 (three counts)
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor (four counts)
– Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor (four counts)

Seard also has an address listed as 5009 40th PL, Apartment 304, Hyattsville, MD.

Utilizing a confidential informant (C.I.) Clarion County Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) made three controlled purchases of marijuana, a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance, from Jovante Alexander Seard.

The transactions occurred as follows:

– On September 18, 2018, around 2:30 p.m., CNET made a controlled drug purchase of two grams of marijuana from Jovante Alexander Seard in exchange for $20.00 in U.S. currency. The exchange was made in the parking lot of 543 Liberty Street in Clarion Borough.

– On September 25, 2018, around 2:19 p.m., CNET made a controlled purchase of 1/2 ounce of marijuana from Jovante Seard in exchange for $135.00 of U.S. currency. The exchange was made in the parking lot of 543 Liberty Street, Clarion Borough.

– On December 11, around 11:10 a.m., CNET made a controlled purchase of 1/2 ounce of marijuana from Jovante Seard in exchange for $110.00 in U.S. currency. The exchange was made at Seard’s residence located at Apartment 2, 543 Liberty Street, in Clarion Borough.

Search Warrant Served at Seard’s Apartment

Around 6:05 a.m. on December 13, CNET served a search warrant on Seard’s residence located at Apartment 2, 543 Liberty Street, Clarion, with the assistance of the PA SERT (Special Emergency Response Team) and Pennsylvania State Police Troop C Vice Unit.

Seard was present at the residence and taken into custody without incident.

A search of the residence was conducted, and 17 individual sandwich baggies containing marijuana and two vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana were seized.

CNET also seized drug paraphernalia including a digital scale, two grinders, a sandwich bag box, empty vacuum-sealed packaging material, and $546.00 in U.S. currency.

Included in the seized U.S. currency was marked CNET funds used in a controlled drug purchase.

Seard was arraigned on December 13 in front of Magisterial District Judge Duane L. Quinn.

Unable to post $15,000.00 monetary bail for each case, Seard was lodged in the Clarion County Jail.

He was released on December 14 after his bail was posted by a professional bondsman.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. on December 18 with Judge Quinn presiding.


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