Little Pleads Guilty to Selling Cocaine

CLEARFIELD – A Clearfield woman accused of selling cocaine pleaded guilty Monday during a special sentencing session of court.

Jody Rae Little, 52, 319 E. Market St., Clearfield, an inmate of the jail, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

She was sentenced by President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman to six months to one year in jail and one year consecutive probation. She must attend drug and alcohol counseling and submit to DNA testing at a cost of $250. She was fined $100 plus costs.

Little was arrested as part of the “Operation Leaf Rake” investigation in September. According to a press release from District Attorney William A. Shaw Jr., this was a cooperative investigation coordinated by the Clearfield County District Attorney’s Office and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Bureau of Narcotics Investigation (State College Office).

The investigation focused on street and mid-level drug dealers who were selling controlled substances on the streets, in parking lots, in local establishments and in apartments and houses throughout the county.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, on Jan. 14 a confidential informant and undercover officer met with Little in the kitchen of her Clearfield home. The officer gave her $200 to purchase crack cocaine. Little said she would pick out “some good ones” for him.

She then went into another room. When she returned, she gave the undercover officer four small, plastic bags containing a white crystal substance. She told them she “hand-picked them.”

When the substances were tested, they were confirmed to be a total of 1.15 grams of cocaine.

In a separate case, Little pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. For this she was sentenced to three months to one year in jail. This sentence will run concurrent with her other sentence. She was fined $50 plus costs.

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