Man lied on gun form, cops charge Traffic stop leads to heroin bust

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LOCAL -

A Bar­nesville man, un­able to legally ob­tain a firearm, was charged af­ter at­tempt­ing to pur­chase a pis­tol in 2015, ac­cord­ing to court in­for­ma­tion.

An­drew Pizzo, 26, was charged by But­ler Town­ship po­lice with state­ment un­der penalty af­ter the Nov. 16, 2015, in­ci­dent at a lo­cal gun store.

The charge was filed against him Dec. 20 and a hear­ing was held Jan. 4 be­fore Mag­is­te­rial Dis­trict Judge Daniel O’Don­nell, Su­gar­loaf Town­ship.

Ar­rest pa­pers state Pizzo claimed on pa­per­work to pur­chase the gun that he was never ar­rested and was never an un­law­ful user of mar­i­juana. He was ul­ti­mately de­nied the pur­chase when his in­for­ma­tion was en­tered into the Penn­syl­va­nia In­stant Check Sys­tem show­ing he was con­victed of a crime where he could have been jailed for over a year, court pa­pers state.

He was charged in 2013 with driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol or a con­trolled sub­stance, pos­ses­sion of a small amount of mar­i­juana and pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia, po­lice wrote, and was ad­mit­ted to an Ac­cel­er­ated Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Dis­po­si­tion pro­gram as a re­sult. He was also or­dered to 12 months pro­ba­tion, court records state.

State po­lice seized hun­dreds of heroin pack­ets when they stopped a ve­hi­cle on In­ter­state 80 West in East Side bor­ough and smelled mar­i­juana in­side.

Mau­rice M. High­ley, 36, Irv­ing­ton, New Jersey, faces de­liv­ery or pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver, pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance, use or pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia and two sum­mary vi­o­la­tions in­clud­ing driv­ing while his li­cense was sus­pended or re­voked, as a re­sult of that stop.

He was taken to jail af­ter fail­ing to im­me­di­ately post 10 per­cent of $100,000 bail dur­ing his pre­lim­i­nary ar­raign­ment Jan. 6 be­fore Mag­is­te­rial Dis­trict Judge Joseph Ho­manko, Weatherly.

A trooper was trav­el­ing on I-80 west around 9:30 a.m. Jan. 6 when he no­ticed a ve­hi­cle trav­el­ing in the same di­rec­tion with its turn sig­nal ac­ti­vated for more than a mile. He stopped the ve­hi­cle at mile marker 273.

While search­ing the ve­hi­cle po­lice found a mar­i­juana “shake” on the driver’s and pas­sen­ger side floor boards, ar­rest pa­pers state, and in the trunk they found a black plas­tic bag con­tain­ing 14 50-packet bricks of heroin.

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