Woman, 51, arrested on drug charges
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Joanne Rowlands is led by police officers from her arraignment before Tamaqua Magisterial District Justice Stephen J. Bayer on charges that she sold methamphetamine to a confidential informant on three occasions in 2010.
A 51-year-old woman who resides in Walker Township outside Tamaqua was arrested Thursday afternoon for selling methamphetamine to an undercover informant.
Joanne M. Rowlands, 70 Whitetail Crossings Rd., located in the Wildcat development, was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Stephen J. Bayer of Tamaqua on the charges, which stemmed from a series of controlled drug buys in November and December of last year.
Rowlands has been charged by Tamaqua Sgt. Richard Weaver, operating with the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force, with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to manufacture or deliver, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the affidavits of probable cause filed by police with Bayer, Rowlands sold amounts of meth to a confidential informant (CI) working with the drug task force on three occasions.
On Nov. 8, 2010, Rowlands is accused of selling the meth to the informant in a car on Old Route 209 in the Tuscarora, Schuylkill Township. On Dec. 15, 2010, she allegedly sold two ziplock bags of crystal meth to the informant at her Wildcat development residence. On Dec. 21, 2010, it is alleged the purchase took place at a former bar at 105 Walnut St., Tuscarora.
According to the criminal complaint, officers confronted Rowlands about selling the drugs while she was at the Tuscarora address on Jan. 4. She allegedly admitted to police she had sold meth. Officers found four bags of meth in and around the sink, where Rowlands placed it when police entered the residence.
Police also found three bags containing drug paraphernalia, including a marijuana grinder, rolling papers and a plastic rolling device, as well as a digital scale on top of the bar. A glass pipe with residue, plus $2,100 in cash, were recovered from Rowlands' purse.
Rowlands consented to a search of her Wildcat development home and police found $14,820 in currency, stuffed into a Seagram's blue bag in a safe, as well as four ziplock bags of crystal meth, according to the affidavit.
Rowlands was committed to county prison, Pottsville, in lieu of $50,000 straight cash bail.