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Boalsburg Man Accused of Selling Heroin, Crack

by on March 05, 2018 2:54 PM

A Boalsburg man is facing felony and misdemeanor charges after he allegedly sold heroin and crack cocaine to a police informant on three occasions.

According to a criminal complaint, State College Police received a tip in November 2017 that Cody S. Bechdel, 31, was selling "large amounts of heroin" from his Boalsburg residence. The source reportedly had seen hundreds of bags of heroin in Bechdel's residence, had purchased the drug from Bechdel on numerous occasions and told police Bechdel makes frequent trips to Philadelphia to purchase heroin.

That same month a confidential informant also told police that Bechdel was selling heroin and crack cocaine in the State College area and that the informant had purchased drugs from him 10 to 20 times, according to the complaint.

Police said a controlled purchase was first conducted under surveillance on Nov. 28. The informant allegedly made arrangements with Bechdel through Snapchat messages, went to the residence and bought 15 bags of suspected heroin.

According to the complaint, the suspected heroin was sent to the Pennsylvania State Police lab for analysis, which found the powder in one of the bags contained fentanyl, a powerful opioid that is significantly more potent than heroin.

On Dec. 5, a second controlled purchase was arranged through text messages and police said the informant bought 10 bags containing suspected heroin and one bag containing suspected crack cocaine.

Police said lab tests showed the bag of suspected crack contained cocaine. Two bags contained a red powder that contained no controlled substance and eight bags of white powder contained fentanyl.

A final controlled purchase was made on Thursday, according to the complaint. Police said the informant made arrangements for the purchase by phone, went to Bechdel's residence and purchased seven bags of suspected heroin. Bechdel allegedly told the informant he had recently purchased 50 bags of heroin and had "meth" in the residence.

The suspected heroin was not field tested because of the threat of the heroin being laced with fentanyl and the danger of exposure to fentanyl, police said. The evidence was sent to the state police lab for analysis.

Bechdel was charged with nine felony counts of possession with intent to deliver, three felony counts of criminal use of a communication facility, one felony count of selling a non-controlled substance represented as a controlled substance, seven misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arraigned on Friday before District Judge Thomas Jordan and straight monetary bail was set at $200,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.



Geoff Rushton is managing editor for StateCollege.com. Contact him at geoff.rushton@statecollege.com or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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