Two Berwick men in jail after heroin sale in Shamokin
SHAMOKIN - Two Berwick men are in the Northumberland County Prison after they allegedly sold heroin to an clandestine informant while a four-year-old boy sat in the rear of the vehicle in Shamokin Thursday.
Shamokin police said Gary Parks, 27, of 619 E. Eighth St., Berwick, arranged with the informant over the phone to meet in Shamokin to make a heroin sale.
The informant was picked up by Parks, who drove, and Thomas Wayne Finucane, 27, of 330 N. Oak St., Berwick.
The informant sat in the back seat next to a four-year-old boy, later identified as the son of Finucane's girlfriend, and purchased heroin from Finucane, who police said was in conspiracy with Parks.
After the informant was returned to the point of origin 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 also 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 was found in this area.
Finucane and Parks were arraigned before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III at 10:30 a.m. Friday on two felony counts of possession with intent to sell, 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 transaction and a summary offense of driving with a suspended license.
They were committed to the Northumberland County Prison on $30,000 straight bail.