Lans­dale man, re­ported miss­ing in June, in court to face drug charges

North Penn Life - - News - By Dan Sokil dsokil@jour­nal­reg­is­ter.com

A Lans­dale man, who was at the cen­ter of searches by fam­ily and friends this past sum­mer, is headed to county court to face drug pos­ses­sion charges.

Joseph W. Sarni, 38, of the 500 block of Wal­nut Street in Lans­dale, waived his pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing Tues­day on one felony charge of drug pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver and a to­tal of eight drug-re­lated mis­de­meanor charges.

Sarni de­clined to com- ment af­ter waiv­ing the hear­ing be­fore Dis­trict Judge Harold Borek of Lans­dale. He ar­rived in hand­cuffs and wear­ing jeans, a grey hooded sweat­shirt and black vest and left with the same at­tire, mi­nus the hand­cuffs, af­ter his $10,000 bail was re­duced to un­se­cured sta­tus.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice af­fi­davit against Sarni, an un­der­cover in­ves­ti­ga­tion started in June af­ter po­lice re­ceived re­ports that Sarni was sell­ing con­trolled sub­stances, in­clud­ing co­caine, marijuana and con­trolled phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, from his apart­ment in the 500 block of Wal­nut Street and mak­ing de­liv­er­ies by bi­cy­cle in Lans­dale.

Con­trolled pur­chases of sub­stances in­clud­ing co­caine and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals were al­legedly made from Sarni in June. When a search war­rant was ex­e­cuted June 29, po­lice went to his apart­ment and al­legedly found a tin con­tain­ing phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal pills, about 1.6 grams of marijuana and a glass pipe with marijuana residue, a plas­tic bag con­tain­ing residue later con­firmed by test­ing as co­caine and hun­dreds of empty plas­tic bags.

Friends and fam­ily re­ported to po­lice that Sarni was miss­ing in early July , and shortly af­ter he was re­ported miss­ing, po­lice an­nounced that he was wanted on sev­eral drug pos­ses­sion charges. Sarni turned him­self in to po­lice Oct. 9 and re­mained in cus­tody at the Mont­gomery County Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity from then un­til the con­clu­sion of Tues­day’s court ap­per­ance.

Sarni’s friend, David McCreary, at­tended the hear­ing to show his sup­port and said that Sarni was “a good guy, he’s al­ways been very in­volved in the community... but turn­ing him­self in was a good idea.”

Photo by GE­OFF PATTON

Joseph W. Sarni leaves Dis­trict Court in Lans­dale Tues­day.

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