Police: Man had ‘large amount of bath salts’
A Gallitzin man faces numerous drug-related charges, including a felony, after police said they found him in possession of “a large amount of bath salts” last week.
Robert C. Reagan, 38, of Hickory Drive, was allegedly caught with the drugs after he attempted and failed to run from police, according to a criminal complaint filed last week by Cresson Township police.
Officers were called Thursday to Pershing Street in Gallitzin, where they responded to a report of probable drug activity.
When they arrived, they found a gray Nissan Armada parked outside of “a known drug house,” according to the complaint.
A woman was sitting in the driver’s seat, and Reagan was later seen walking to and getting inside of the vehicle, officers said.
The woman drove away from the house, and after a short surveillance period, officers following the vehicle attempted a traffic stop, according to the complaint.
The driver pulled into a parking lot outside of St. Aloysius Church. That’s when Reagan allegedly fled.
“Before the vehicle could come to a complete stop, Reagan exited the vehicle and ran southbound through the parking lot on foot,” police wrote in the complaint.
Police then pursued Reagan on foot, chasing him through a cemetery, according to the complaint, which states that an officer watched Reagan throw a bag beneath a car during the chase.
The officers were eventually able to catch Reagan before arresting him.
Reagan was searched, and officers said they found that he was in possession of a water pipe used for smoking drugs, as well as $2,327 in cash.
Reagan also was questioned by police, who said he admitted to throwing a small amount of bath salts during the previous pursuit.
Police said they found a “black zipper bag” under the car, and inside of the bag, they found a large amount of bath salts, a scale, glass pipes and small plastic bags “used to package narcotics for distribution.”
“Reagan did confirm that this was the bag that he had thrown while running,” according to police.
The suspected bath salts — 101 grams — were later tested and produced positive results, officers said.
Reagan was transported to UPMC Altoona by medical responders after he
complained of shoulder pain.
Online court documents show Reagan faces a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.
He also faces misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and tampering with evidence.
Reagan was arraigned Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Frederick Creany, and he is to appear for a preliminary hearing at 2 p.m. Nov. 21, online court records show.
He remains in Cambria County Prison unable to post $25,000 cash bail.
Mirror Staff Writer Sean Sauro is at 946-7535.