Woman Accused of Exposing Children to Drug Activity Fails to Appear for Hearing
CLEARFIELD – A Clearfield woman accused of selling cocaine and ecstasy from her residence and exposing her children to drug activity failed to appear for her preliminary hearing Wednesday at Centralized Court before Magisterial District Judge James Hawkins.
Brianna Nevada Wood-Kifer, 32, of Clearfield is facing charges of endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors in connection to her existing drug cases. A warrant was served on Wood-Kifer with her bail being re-set to $25,000 monetary, according to court documents.
On Feb. 21, Wood-Kifer was charged with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance and criminal use of communication facility. On Feb. 26, she was also charged with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, intentional possession of a controlled substance by person not registered and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.
Wood-Kifer has waived the charges to court in both of the aforementioned drug cases. However, in the child endangering case, her preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for 10:30 a.m. March 27 before Magisterial District Judge Richard A. Ireland at the CCJ.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, during the month of February, agents from the state’s Attorney General’s Office developed a confidential informant. The CI alleged to agents that Wood-Kifer had been selling cocaine from her residence and provided them with her telephone number. Agents reasonably believe Wood-Kifer used this telephone number to enable her drug distribution activities.
On Feb. 13, agents traveled to the defendant’s residence to purchase cocaine. Upon arriving one agent exited the vehicle and approached the residence. The other agent remained in the vehicle to conduct surveillance.
Upon entering the residence, the agent learned Wood-Kifer was upstairs, and she’d come down shortly. An unknown Caucasian male who had a thin build and stood 6 feet, 7 inches tall was inside the residence and preparing to leave. In addition, the agent observed a young juvenile in the living area.
After the unknown male left, Wood-Kifer came downstairs, where she entered a bedroom located just off the living area. When the defendant returned, she entered the kitchen, and the agent exchanged greetings with her. The agent asked for one gram at which point Wood-Kifer allegedly retrieved two, half-gram bags of cocaine from a sandwich-sized bag. She handed the bags of cocaine to the agent who paid her $100.
Afterward the agent asked Wood-Kifer if it was OK for him to contact her for future purchases of cocaine. Wood-Kifer asked the agent for his telephone number, so that she knew who was calling her. The agent provided Wood-Kifer with his telephone number, and she programmed it into her cellular phone.
The next day, Lawrence Township police were contacted by Clearfield County Children, Youth and Family Services about drug activity at Wood-Kifer’s residence. Upon contacting the CYFS worker, agents were notified about a complaint that the defendant had been selling drugs from her residence.
The CYFS worker told agents that Wood-Kifer had two children, a 10-year-old and a 3-year-old, and they had interviewed the oldest child at school. During the interview, the child explained that their mother, Wood-Kifer, had been selling drugs from their residence. When asked by the CYFS worker, the child had never observed the defendant using drugs. However, the child said “she (Wood-Kifer) seems messed up.”
The CYFS worker advised the agent of plans to ask Wood-Kifer to submit to drug testing after which they would advise agents of their findings.
Later on Feb. 14, the CYFS worker contacted the agent after visiting the defendant’s residence. The CYFS worker asked her to submit to drug testing, which she allegedly refused. While at the defendant’s residence, the CYFS worker observed a syringe on the kitchen table with bent up spoons. The CYFS worker also observed a Caucasian male at the residence who the defendant allegedly refused to identify.
Of Feb. 19, the agent contacted Wood-Kifer via text-message and asked to stop over. She allegedly replied that it was “OK,” but she was “getting low” and asked the agent what he needed. Wood-Kifer allegedly informed the agent that she had “Molly,” or Ecstasy/MDMA, in addition to cocaine. The agent told the defendant that he wanted $50 worth of each and arranged to purchase approximately a half-gram of both cocaine and “Molly.”
Later that day, agents arrived at Wood-Kifer’s residence. One agent exited the vehicle, approached the front door and knocked. A second agent remained in the vehicle to conduct surveillance. Upon knocking the agent was let in by an unknown male; once inside the agent observed Wood-Kifer’s children in the living and kitchen areas of her residence. The agent also observed three unknown Caucasian males and one female along with a juvenile child who were in the dining room area and preparing to leave. Another male was observed in the living area.
After the others left the residence, the agent spoke with the male who was in the living area. He told the agent that he’d been waiting for Wood-Kifer for 10 minutes. The agent then sent a text-message to Wood-Kifer and informed her that he was at her residence. She immediately appeared from the room located just off the living area. Wood-Kifer allegedly handed the agent two clear, cut-off, knotted plastic bag corners. Each contained a white powdery substance. Wood-Kifer explained that the pink-tinted substance was the “Molly.” The agent paid Wood-Kifer $100.
The agent asked the defendant about additional amounts of cocaine and or “Molly” being available on Feb. 20. She told the agent that it would be OK for him to stop at her residence then to purchase additional controlled substances, specifically cocaine and “Molly.” The agent told her that he would be in contact with her.
Later on Feb. 19, the agent text-messaged Wood-Kifer to let her know he was getting some money together and asked if she would have additional amounts of cocaine the next day. Wood-Kifer allegedly replied that she would have cocaine, and its quality was better than that purchased earlier that day. The agent arranged to go to Wood-Kifer’s residence the next day to purchase cocaine from her.
On Feb. 21, the agent obtained a search warrant for Wood-Kifer’s residence. The Clearfield County Drug Task Force executed the search warrant during the early morning hours the same day. Wood-Kifer and her two children were at home at the time of the search. Upon entering the residence, Wood-Kifer was taken into custody; her children were removed by CYFS.
As a result of the search, task force officers and agents seized several small bags that contained a white powdery substance and paraphernalia, including a pipe used to smoke cocaine and needles used to inject controlled substances. These paraphernalia, according to the affidavit of probable cause, were located in areas of the residence, where the children had access to at any time, such as the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen.
In addition, they seized spoons, which contained residue, and used to “cook” the controlled substances into liquid form for an easy injection into the human body. From the master bedroom, they seized numerous bags of cocaine on a dresser and a 12-guage shotgun that was leaning against the wall near the dresser.