Court sets jury for drug trial
SUNBURY - The Northumberland County Court System set a jury Monday for a drug trial to begin Wednesday involving a Coal Township man that was found with more than $65,000 of drugs in his vehicle.
Jeffrey Persavage, 34, of Coal Township, is on trial for two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
Persavage was originally charged with 10 felony charges and five misdemeanors charges of possession with intent to sell controlled substances, stemming from a June 22, 2010, incident when Persavage allegedly sold an eighth of an ounce of cocaine and some marijuana to undercover officers on West Second Street, Mount Carmel.
Persavage was later stopped outside the borough and a search of his vehicle produced a large amount of narcotics, including three pounds of marijuana, a half-pound of cocaine, 300 ecstasy tables and two forms of hashish.
In addition to the narcotics, officers seized more than $4,000 in cash, a laptop, a cellphone, a digital scale and several books on marijuana, including college course materials from California, which featured lessons on how to grow marijuana, recipes for different foods and drinks made with the drug and advice on how to avoid police and what to say if arrested to prevent a search.
A June 2012 motion suppressed all of the evidence found in Persavage's vehicle, and the charges, according to a spokesperson from the Attorney General's office, relate to the buy that was made in Mount Carmel.
A breakdown of the jury could not be received Monday since the prosecution is being handled by the Deputy Attorney General David Gorman, and not Northumberland County. Persavage is being represented by Peter Campana, of Williamsport.
Another local trial involving aggravated assault charges against David Latsha, of Shamokin, has been postponed until the January term.
According to assistant district attorney Michael Toomey, Latsha's attorney, public defender Melissa Norton, was granted a continuance in the case before Judge Wm. Harvey Wiest.
Latsha was charged by Shamokin City Police with two counts each of aggravated assault and simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person, following a bizarre shooting incident at Latsha's residence on March 25, 2012.
According to police, Latsha was in his home at approximately 4:55 a.m. when a friend, Paul Kinsey, allegedly hid in a closet from a girlfriend. When Kinsey saw Latsha came home, he prepared to jump out of the closet with two knives in his hand "to be funny."
Kinsey told police that earlier, he saw Latsha snorting "some kind of gold colored powder." Police also found a .35 revolver and a .22 Phoenix Arms semi-automatic pistol on the first floor.