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Man Accused of Selling Cocaine to Undercover Officer in Clarion

Friday, April 29, 2016 @ 07:04 PM

Posted by Joanne Bauer

guntherCLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Following a year-long investigation, a 21-year-old man was arrested for allegedly selling Cocaine to an undercover officer.

Court documents indicate criminal charges have been filed against 21-year-old Gunther Thomas Gaiser, of Butler.

According to a criminal complaint, “on March 20, 2015, CNET and Pennsylvania State Police Troop C Vice Unit made a controlled drug purchase of Cocaine from Gunther Thomas Gaiser, in exchange for $110.00 in U.S. currency.”

The complaint states that an undercover officer was allegedly in contact with Gaiser via text message and set up a transaction of Cocaine. The officer allegedly made a previous controlled purchase of Cocaine from Gaiser. Gaiser told the undercover officer “that he only had a “g” (gram) left and would sell it for $110.00.” The transaction was set up at a Clarion Borough apartment, and around 12:00 p.m. CNET member William Peck, IV met the officer and provided him with the $110.00 in official CNET funds to make the purchase.

The officer then drove to the area of Gaiser’s apartment, entered the apartment, and Gaiser allegedly provided him with a small plastic baggie with white powder (suspected cocaine), the complaint indicates.

After talking briefly with Gaiser, the officer immediately met with Officer Peck who seized the baggie as evidence. Officer Peck also took six pictures of text content and contact phone information. Officer Peck returned to the Clarion County District Attorney’s office and logged the property into evidence, the complaint continues.

On March 25, 2015, Officer Peck sent the evidence via certified mail to the Erie Regional Lab. On June 2, 2015, the Forensic Scientist Supervisor submitted a report indicating the contents of the baggie contained .95 grams of Cocaine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, according to the complaint.

As a result of his investigation, Officer Peck asked the court to issue a warrant for Gaiser’s arrest and require him to answer the charges listed.

Gaiser was taken into custody at his place of employment in Monroe Township around 2:00 p.m. on April 29.

He was arraigned at 2:15 p.m. on April 29 on the following charges:

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

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

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on May 10 in front of Magisterial District Judge Duane L. Quinn.

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