Coal Township man charged on drug, gun charges
SHAMOKIN - A Coal Township man was taken into custody while two friends were also charged after trying to hide him from police Thursday on Second Street.
Jacob Snyder, 22, of 1532 Tioga St., Coal Township, was charged by both Shamokin and Coal Township police for incidents occurring in early 2013. Two other people were incarcerated when a warrant for Snyder was served at 9:10 a.m. Thursday.
According to court documents filed by Shamokin Police Cpl. Darwin Tobias III, police believed Snyder was inside the residence of Robert T. Ferrick, 25, of 25 N. Second St.
Officers knocked on the door but no one answered, even though police could see Snyder inside.
After police entered the residence, they encountered Albert Scicchitano, 51, of 1002 W. Mulberry St., Coal Township. When asked, Scicchitano said no one else was in the residence.
Police searched and found Ferrick hiding in a crawl space in the basement. He also told police Snyder was not in the residence; however, the suspect was found in another crawl space in the basement and all three were taken into custody.
For their roles, Scicchitano and Ferrick were charged with misdemeanor counts of hindering apprehension and prosecution and making false statements to police. They were arraigned Thursday before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, of Shamokin, and placed in Northumberland County Prison on $10,000 bail.
Snyder was charged by Shamokin City Police Cpl. Bryan Primerano with delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility following a sale of five oxycodone tablets to a confidential informant on Jan. 30.
The second set of charges were filed by Coal Township Police Det. Jeffrey Brennan, who said Snyder stole a 9mm Ruger handgun from Jeffrey Snyder, Jacob's father.
Jeffrey Snyder told police he went to work at 7:30 a.m. April 2, while Jacob was sleeping, and the pair spoke at 4 p.m. When the father arrived at home at 6 p.m., Jacob wasn't home. Jeffrey noticed at 9:30 p.m. the handgun was removed from its holster and called the police.
Two days later, Jeffrey Snyder informed police Jacob came home without the gun, which was allegedly sold by Jacob Snyder to a male in Harrisburg for heroin.
Brennan charged Jacob Snyder with two firearms violations. He was arraigned Thursday before Gembic and placed in Northumberland County Prison on $25,000 bail for each set of charges.