Lansford man guilty of drug-related charges
Following a trial in Schuylkill County court a jury Friday afternoon found a Lansford man guilty of the sale of illegal drugs in Tamaqua last summer.
Roland Martin Horsford, 30, of 30 1/2 E. Abbott St., Lansford, was found guilty of seven drug related charges, including two counts each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance and one count of criminal use of a cell phone.
Horsford was also found guilty of driving while his operating privileges were suspended. Judge John E. Domalakes deferred sentenced to Feb. 3 and released him on the same bail.
On the witness stand, he denied he made the delivery to the confidential informant but admitted he was in the vehicle from which the delivery was made.
In connection with the Tamaqua Police Drug Task Force, a 33-year-old confidential informant (CI) testified he made purchases of cocaine from Horsford on Aug. 28 and Sept. 9. He said he spoke to the defendant by cell phone and made arrangements for the buy. On the first occasion Horsford was behind the wheel of a pickup truck and stopped in the area of Spruce Street when cocaine was delivered for $50, The second time he was a passenger in the truck and the cocaine was delivered inside a DVD case.
Sgt. Richard Weaver, head of the Tamaqua Borough Police Drug Task Force, testified on how he prepared the CI to make the buy and gave him the money and how he and Patrolman Anthony Stanelli parked themselves in the area and observed the two drug buys. Stanelli had a video camera and taped the transaction which showed the CI approach the vehicle, lean in and make an exchange.
The video camera could not capture the occupants of the vehicle but the police observed two people, a man and a woman. They also testified that the male was the driver the first time and a passenger the second time and after the first buy, followed and saw him.
The defendant denied making any sale blaming it on the woman who is reported to have left the area but the CI said the drugs were handed to him by the defendant.