Cockrell Pleads Guilty to Selling Cocaine

CLEARFIELD – A DuBois woman pleaded guilty to selling cocaine Monday during a special sentencing session of Clearfield County Court.

Hayden L. Cockrell, 19, was sentenced to 90 days to one year in jail and one year probation for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal use of communication facility, both felony charges.

The charges stem from an incident in DuBois in August when Cockrell and Nicholas Noah McElwee, 21, sold cocaine to undercover officers.

Prior to sentencing, Cockrell read from a prepared statement, saying she was “sorry and embarrassed for my actions” and stating she was attending a drug program in jail in an effort to straighten her life out.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, police met with a confidential informant to set up a controlled purchase of cocaine from Cockrell.

The informant sent several text messages to Cockrell discussing a possible purchase by a “friend” who was actually an undercover officer.

Cockrell gave a phone number that was used by the officer to arrange the purchase of two grams of cocaine for $200.

An undercover officer was able to complete this transaction when a car with both Cockrell and McElwee arrived at the pre-arranged parking lot.

The car was then stopped by other officers who saw the $200 used in the controlled buy in McElwee’s lap. Both of the suspects were taken into custody and searched.

A green leafy substance was found in Cockrell’s purse. In McElwee’s book bag, they found a glass container with a white powdery substance, a scale and another small glass container with the residue of a green, leafy substance.

McElwee was also charged with a felony count of manufacture/delivery/possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, felony criminal conspiracy, two counts of intentional possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and a felony count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities. His case is still pending.

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