Berwick man in heroin case denied bail reduction at preliminary hearing
SHAMOKIN - A Berwick man charged with selling heroin to an informant in the presence of a child was denied a bail reduction at his preliminary hearing Tuesday.
Thomas Wayne Finucane, 27, of 330 N. Oak St., was recommitted to Northumberland County Prison after Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III denied public defender Melissa Norton's request to reduce her client's $30,000 cash bail.
Norton told the judge Finucane has a job and needs to work to support a 2-year-old daughter who lives in Maryland. She also claimed the defendant is not a flight risk.
But after assistant district attorney Michael Toomey and arresting officer Cpl. Bryan Primerano opposed a bail reduction, Gembic maintained the original bail.
Gary Parks, 27, of 619 E. Eighth St., Berwick, a co-defendant in the case, had his preliminary hearing continued for the second time. He remains incarcerated in lieu of $30,000 cash bail.
Both men are charged with two felony counts of possession with intent to sell heroin, one felony count of criminal conspiracy, a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child and a summary offense of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Parks also is charged with a felony count of criminal use of a communication device for using his cell phone to complete the drug transaction and a summary offense of driving with a suspended license.
Police said Parks arranged with the informant over the phone to meet in Shamokin to make a heroin sale Aug. 7. The informant was later picked up by Parks, while Finucane was a passenger.
The informant sat in the back seat next to a 4-year-old boy, who is the son of Finucane's girlfriend. Police said the informant purchased heroin from Finucane.
After the informant was dropped off and turned over the heroin, police tracked the vehicle and stopped it at Market and Arch streets, where they placed Parks and Finucane under arrest.
A search of Parks uncovered several empty blue heroin packets and syringes.
Officers observed Finucane attempting to conceal items under the front passenger seat. Finucane's cell phone and keys as well as currency including a portion of the buy money provided to the informant by police also were found.