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Lucinda Woman Busted with Crack Cocaine Sentenced Up to Four Years Behind Bars

Thursday, November 7, 2019 @ 12:11 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

GAVEL-newCLARION, Pa. (EYT) – A Lucinda woman caught transporting crack cocaine and narcotics is headed to state prison for up to four years.

Clarion County President Judge James Arner sentenced 37-year-old Amanda Lynn Gauthier to a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years in state prison on Wednesday, November 6.

Gauthier pleaded guilty to one felony count of manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance on October 23, 2019, in the Clarion County Court of Common Pleas.

As a result of the plea agreement, the following charges were dismissed:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, Felony 3
– Possession of Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor (two counts)
– Drive While Operator Privilege Suspended Or Revoked, Summary

Gauthier remains lodged in the Clarion County Jail awaiting transfer to a state prison facility.

The charges stem from a sting operation conducted in June.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint filed by Tpr. Craddock, the Pennsylvania State Police Troop C Vice Unit was in contact with a State Police Confidential Informant (CI) who said Amanda Lynn Gauthier was going to be traveling to an unknown location outside the area for the purpose of obtaining controlled substances to be brought back and delivered to others.

The complaint notes that specific information was then obtained on the description of the vehicle Gauthier would be using, the time frame she would be traveling, and the description of the controlled substances she would be carrying.

On Tuesday, June 26, several members of the Troop C Vice Unit and CNET set up positions around exit 60 of Interstate 80. Around 4:30 p.m., they observed Gauthier exiting Interstate 80 eastbound at the exit and traveling north on State Route 66. Several marked and unmarked police vehicles then stopped Gauthier in the parking lot of a convenience store.

Gauthier was detained and a probable cause search of her person and her vehicle were executed. According to the complaint, within her vehicle, the officers found packaging material, a glass smoking device, her identification, and her cell phone. The complaint notes a search of Gauthier herself revealed two syringes, a plastic baggie of pink powder, and a plastic baggie of suspected crack cocaine in her bra.

According to the complaint, Gauthier stated she believed the pink powder was “ground up Opana” (oxymorphone) pills. The complaint notes that Gauthier had communicated with others regarding the delivery of the controlled substances via her cell phone. The officers also discovered her driver’s license was suspended.

Gauthier was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Timothy P. Schill at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 27.

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