CLEARFIELD – A former Clearfield man is facing felony and misdemeanor charges after his parole agent caught him with suspected methamphetamine.
Michael Andrew Blasko, 32, has been charged by Officer Mitchell Klender of the Clearfield Borough police with two felony counts of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver; one felony count each of criminal conspiracy engaging and criminal use of communication facility; and three misdemeanor counts of intentional possession of a controlled substance.
Blasko waived his right to a preliminary hearing during centralized court Wednesday at the Clearfield County Jail. His bail has been set at $100,000 monetary.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, around 12:32 p.m. Oct. 10, police were dispatched to assist a state parole agent in the 400 block of East Locust Street.
On-scene Klender observed the agent with a male, identified as Blasko, who he supervises in Centre County. He said he checked on his client and located drugs in his vehicle. The agent pointed to a container sitting on top of a backpack on the front passenger’s seat.
Inside the container were seven, small plastic bags containing a white, crystalline substance, or suspected methamphetamine. Also, inside were three white pills identified as buprenorphine and five round, pink pills identified as Clonazepam.
Blasko told the agent that the backpack wasn’t his, and that “Trevor” left it there. Later, it was discovered that the container also had a digital scale and 10 empty, plastic bags, which notably were the same as those that contained the white, crystalline substance.
The agent advised Klender it was likely that Blasko would be transported to Centre County. It was requested that Blasko be taken to the Clearfield Borough police station until time for transport.
During an interview with Klender, Blasko said the day before, he took a male to Akron, Ohio to pick up around two ounces of methamphetamine. The male reportedly gave him the methamphetamine, which was found in his possession, as payment for driving him to Ohio.
According to Blasko, he was given just under an “eight ball,” or about 2.5 grams. He said the pills he had were Subutex and Klonopin; then, he admitted the backpack was also his and he wasn’t initially honest about it.
Blasko gave Klender permission to search his cellular phone, which he did Oct. 15. Klender allegedly observed several Facebook and text messages about the purchase and sale of drugs.
The suspected methamphetamine was sent to the Erie Regional Crime Laboratory for further analysis.