Lansdale man, reported missing in June, in court to face drug charges
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.”
Joseph W. Sarni leaves District Court in Lansdale Tuesday.