“Operation Gobble Up” Suspect Waives Hearing

CLEARFIELD – A woman accused of selling prescription pills to an undercover agent waived her right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Jerome Nevling during Centralized Court on Wednesday at the Clearfield County Jail.

Taylor C. Johns, 22, of Grassflat has been charged with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver and criminal use of a communication facility. Her bail had originally been set at $50,000 monetary but was changed to unsecured Wednesday, according to online court records.

Johns’ charges stem from a joint investigation between the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General and the Clearfield County Drug Task Force. Johns was among the 13 suspected drug dealers who were arrested Nov. 21 as part of “Operation Gobble Up.”

According to the affidavit of probable cause, on July 15, a confidential informant arranged the purchase of five Alprazolam pills for $30 from Johns. The following day, the CI, under the direction of an agent, sent a text message to Johns to determine her whereabouts.

Johns was at her residence and the CI asked to meet her there. The CI and agent proceeded to Johns’ residence with a surveillance officer following them. While en route to meet Johns, she called the CI with instructions to meet her at the Kylertown Plaza.

Approximately 10 minutes after their arrival, Johns pulled in the parking lot with one passenger. Johns parked next to the CI and exited her vehicle; she carried a small purse and entered the back of the CI’s vehicle. Afterward, Johns proceeded to retrieve a small pill box from her purse.

Johns, the affidavit states, opened the pill box and counted out five pills of suspected Alprazolam. She handed the pills to the agent who passed her $30. Shortly after Johns exited the CI’s vehicle; she re-entered her vehicle and drove away.

Following the undercover purchase, a member of the CCDTF identified the five pills as Alprazolam, a Schedule IV controlled substance, the affidavit states.

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