Hearings for pair accused of selling heroin with child in the car continued
SHAMOKIN - Preliminary hearings for two Berwick men charged with selling heroin to an informant last week while a child was sitting in their vehicle were continued Tuesday morning.
Gary Parks, 27, of 619 E. Eighth St., and Thomas Wayne Finucane, 27, of 330 N. Oak St., are now scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III Aug. 26. The continuances were granted at the commonwealth's request.
Both men are charged by Shamokin Cpl. Bryan Primerano with two felony counts of possession with intent to sell heroin, one felony count of criminal conspiracy, one misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child, and a summary offense of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Parks was also 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.
Parks and Finucane remain incarcerated at Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury on $30,000 cash bail.
Police said Parks arranged with the informant over the phone to meet in Shamokin to make a heroin sale Thursday. 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 later identified as 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.