Two seizures of narcotics, both including materials suspected by city police to be methamphetamine, took place early Saturday morning at Country Fair, 406 N. Center St., Corry.
The first incident took place at 12:51 a.m. as officers encountered an adult male known to them as Ned Amacher II, 28, who had an active warrant from the Erie County Sheriff's Department.
According to a Corry City Police news release, officers observed Amacher walking inside of Country Fair and upon contact with him, requested that he step outside the store, where he was taken into custody and transported back to the Corry Police Department.
Police stated that a search during Amacher's arrest yielded multiple items of paraphernalia as well as narcotics, including a scale with suspected methamphetamine residue, a plastic container with suspected marijuana and a plastic baggie with suspected methamphetamine.
Amacher was later released to the Erie County Sheriff's Department and transported to Erie County Prison. Drug paraphernalia and possession charges are pending results from the PSP Crime Lab, which Corry Police Chief Michael Cherry estimates will take anywhere from two to six months.
A second incident occurred at about 2:10 a.m. as police conducted a traffic stop that led officers to request consent to search the vehicle in question.
The news release states that the driver, identified as Laura Victoria, 44, of Union City, gave consent and officers searched the vehicle. They found a scale with suspected methamphetamine residue, and the vehicle was then towed back to the Corry Police Department while officers applied for a search warrant.
The warrant was later granted by District Judge Scott Hammer, and further search of the vehicle yielded drug paraphernalia and a plastic baggie with suspected methamphetamine residue.
Victoria and two passengers, Danielle Doverspike, 31, and Wilfredo Ortiz Jr., both of Erie, are to be charged upon receipt of test results from the PSP Crime Lab.
Cherry pointed out that for safety reasons, no field tests were conducted on the suspected narcotics that were seized on Saturday.
"I believe it was just packaged for the lab," Cherry said. "We typically are getting away from the field testing of said items for the fear of fentanyl."
He added that contact with fentanyl is extremely dangerous and can cause death.
Once the lab results are in, charges will be filed accordingly, Cherry said.
He went on to comment that he believes the success of these seizures is thanks to the hard work of his officers.
"Third-shift officers are being proactive and current on the warrant list," Cherry said. "My guys are out making contact with every possible scenario that they can. Being that proactive, that is where we're able to make these seizures of drugs."
He also noted that the Corry Police Department recently responded to over 400 incidents within a 30-day time frame.
"We have reached numbers that the police department has never seen before," Cherry said.