Friday, June 19, 2015
One Day After Drug Sweep, DA Dismisses Most Charges
"It is absolutely crucial that any criminal prosecution proceed with credible evidence," the veteran prosecutor noted.
Interviews with arrested defendants revealed that the confidential informant being used was actually pocketing some of the drug money given to make buys. There is even suspicion that he colluded with others to make phony buys in an attempt to have other charges against him reduced.
Charges against three defendants whom police observed engaged in the drug transactions are still outstanding. Those still charged with possession of and intent to deliver controlled substances are Colby Sicher, 27, of Whitehall; Christopher Janotka, 22, of Walnutport; and Dominick Nixon, 22, of Bath.
Only Janotka is in custody. All other Defendants were released on unsecured bail as arresting officers grew suspicious.
The confidential informant and others may soon be facing different charges, including false reports to law enforcement officials.