CLEARFIELD – Three Morrisdale residents accused of selling heroin waived their rights to preliminary hearings before Magisterial District Judge Richard Ireland during Centralized Court on Wednesday at the Clearfield County Jail.
Russell D. Wilson, 56, and Sandra L. Wilson, 49, both of Morrisdale, have been charged with three counts of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver; intentional possession of controlled substance by person not registered; and criminal use of communication facility.
Chuck D. Schwartz, 23, of Morrisdale has been charged with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver and two counts of intentional possession of controlled substance by person not registered.
The charges stem from a joint investigation by the state’s Office of the Attorney General and the Clearfield County Drug Task Force (CCDTF). During the month of April, the CCDTF developed a confidential informant who reported Sandra and Russell Wilson were selling heroin from their residence located at 457 Fawn Ln., Morrisdale.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on April 3 the CI, under the direction of an agent, purchased three bags of heroin from Sandra Wilson for $90. Around 5 p.m. that day, the CI contacted Russell Wilson, who was in Altoona and who indicated Sandra Wilson was home. Russell Wilson then told the CI that they could go to the home, for the purpose of purchasing heroin, when they were ready.
At approximately 8:30 p.m., the CI text-messaged Sandra and or Russell Wilson to inform them that they would be over in 15-20 minutes. Also, they needed three of them, referring to bags of heroin. The CI didn’t get a response to this text message.
After sending the message, the CI identified JNET photographs of Sandra and Russell Wilson. Then, at approximately 8:41 p.m., agents and the CI went to the Wilson residence. When they arrived, one agent observed a teal-green Ford pick-up in the driveway. Russell Wilson was also outside the residence and identified by the agent based upon a JNET photograph.
Before entering the residence, the CI addressed Russell Wilson and asked if “Sandy” was home. The CI was directed inside and entered the residence with the agent. Once inside the CI called for Sandra Wilson and didn’t get any answer. The CI proceeded to call for her while walking through the living room toward a bedroom.
At that point, the CI encountered Sandra Wilson in the back room. The agent remained in the living room area with a clear view of the entrance to the back room. Sandra Wilson wasn’t visible to the agent who heard a woman ask if the CI only needed three, referring to bags of heroin, which the CI confirmed for her.
The agent observed someone hand something to the CI in the doorway of the back room. The agent could hear a woman – later identified as Sandra Wilson – speaking to the CI. Afterward the CI walked out to the agent and handed over the three bags of heroin. Each appeared to be a folded piece of paper with tape holding it together. All three bags were in a small, clear Ziploc bag.
The agent retrieved $90 and placed the heroin in a pants pocket. Sandra Wilson followed the CI to the living room area where the agent was waiting. The agent handed the CI $90, which the CI handed directly to Sandra Wilson. The agent and CI engaged in general conversation with her during which she admitted to making a trip to Altoona for additional amounts of heroin.
During their conversation, Sandra Wilson told the agent and CI that people were looking for heroin, but no one had it. She had obtained heroin to sell. When the agent and CI were getting ready to leave, Sandra Wilson instructed them not to tell anyone that she had heroin.
At approximately 9:25 p.m., an agent field-tested the heroin purchased from Sandra Wilson. It yielded positive results for the presence of heroin and was submitted to the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Lab for further analysis.
On April 16 the agent purchased three bags of heroin from Russell and Sandra Wilson for $90. At approximately 9:45 a.m., the agent text-messaged Russell and Sandra Wilson and stated the CI indicated it would be OK to stop over. The agent didn’t get any response.
At approximately 9:51 a.m., the agent called Russell and Sandra Wilson. The call wasn’t answered and directed to a voicemail box that was full. Agents then departed to the Wilson residence. Minutes later the agent received a call from Sandra Wilson, and she allowed him to come over to purchase heroin.
Shortly after 10 a.m., the agents arrived at the Wilson residence. One agent waited in the vehicle to conduct surveillance. The other walked to the residence and knocked several times. When there wasn’t any answer, the agent called and spoke to “Russ,” who instructed the agent to enter the residence.
Once inside Russell Wilson invited the agent to the back room, the couple’s bedroom. He asked the agent how many bags of heroin he wanted. The agent wanted three bags and asked if the price would be $90.
Russell Wilson agreed that was the price; Sandra Wilson also said, “That’s the price.” The agent handed $90 to Russell Wilson, who indicated he’d be right back. He had to go to “his guy” and “wake him up.” The agent heard a door open and close twice, before Russell Wilson returned to the bedroom. The other agent didn’t observe anyone exit and or enter the residence while Russell Wilson was gone.
Immediately after returning to the bedroom, Russell Wilson handed the agent three bags of suspected heroin. The agent questioned the weight of the heroin and indicated the last amount purchased from Sandra Wilson was difficult to find in the folds of the paper. Both Russell and Sandra Wilson said the heroin was in the middle of the bags and easy to find. Russell Wilson offered to show the agent his bags of heroin to which the agent declined and thanked them.
The agent asked Russell and Sandra Wilson if it would be OK to purchase additional amounts of heroin. Both said it would be acceptable for the agent to call either one of them for additional purchases. The agent left the Wilson residence.
At approximately 10:30 a.m., the agent transferred custody of the three bags of suspected heroin. It was submitted to the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Lab for further analysis.
On April 24 the agent purchased three bags of heroin from Schwartz for $90. At approximately 11:30 a.m., the agent text-messaged Sandra and Russell Wilson, asking if it would be OK to stop over that afternoon. The agent received a reply that it would be.
At approximately 12:35 p.m., agents arrived at the Wilson residence. Upon arrival a Ford F-150 pick-up truck with Pennsylvania registration was parked in the driveway. Further investigation revealed that the truck was registered to Russell Wilson. One agent exited the vehicle and knocked on the door of the Wilson residence. The other agent remained in their vehicle.
Minutes later a male exited the residence and briefly spoke to the agent. A second male who was identified as Schwartz then walked from behind the garage area and approached the agent. The agent asked if Sandra and or Russell Wilson were there. Schwartz said both were sleeping and asked what the agent needed. The agent indicated Sandra or Russell were to help out in referring to heroin. Schwartz told the agent he could help with that.
The agent wanted three bags of heroin and asked Schwartz if they were $30 each. Schwartz replied they were, and the agent counted out $90, which he handed to Schwartz. Schwartz entered the residence and knocked on a closed door, which the agent heard open.
A short time later, Schwartz returned and handed the agent three, white folded envelopes with red lettering that contained suspected heroin. The envelopes were rubber-banded together, and the heroin appeared to be packaged the same as that purchased on April 16. The agent thanked Schwartz and left the porch area.
Upon exiting Schwartz stood in the doorway, saying that if the agent wanted to come earlier in the day he could serve the agent. Then, the agent wouldn’t have to wait for Sandra and or Russell Wilson to be awake.
At approximately 1 p.m., the agent turned over the three envelopes of heroin purchased from Schwartz. It was submitted to the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Lab for further analysis.
At 1:25 p.m., the agent received a text message, reading, “There is nothing.” It was signed by “Sandy.” The agent replied, “I was just there and got served. Did I drain you?” The agent sent an additional message asking if the contact number was new.
When asked, the agent provided their first name. After that the agent was asked how many bags they wanted. The agent replied, “Three. But I already got served at your place.”
The agent was asked when they wanted the heroin because “Russ” would meet them. The agent replied, “Like I said, I don’t need anymore. I already got served.” The agent confirmed this in another message, saying, “No. I’m good now. Thanks. I will be in touch.”
All the text messages were signed “Sandy.”