Gallitzin man faces felony drug, other counts
EBENSBURG — A Gallitzin man faces felony charges in Ebensburg Borough and neighboring Cambria Township for alleged drug deals last July.
Jonathan P. Miller, 34, of 508 Foster St., Gallitzin, allegedly delivered drugs and fake drugs to a confidential informant on two occasions.
In a pair of criminal complaints filed by state police, a trooper outlined controlled drug purchases set up on July 17 and 19.
On July 17, a confidential informant contacted a woman named Chastity Simanski to set up a controlled purchase of crystal methamphetamine.
The informant met Simanski and Miller at a convenience store in Ebensburg and entered a maroon Jeep, according to the complaint.
All three then traveled to a Revloc neighborhood, with police following, according to the complaint.
The confidential informant then exited the Jeep and met with police, handing over a bag of suspected meth, which was purchased from Miller, officers said.
The suspected meth did not contain a controlled substance, police said, citing the results of a test.
A similar buy was set up on July 19, when a confidential informant again met Miller and Simanski at a restaurant in Cambria Township, according to a second complaint.
The trio traveled from the eatery to a parking lot off of Jamesway Road, according to the complaint.
Later, the confidential informant turned over suspected meth and three pills purchased from Miller, police said.
This time, the substance was confirmed as methamphetamine, and the pills were identified as alprazolam or Xanax.
Miller was arraigned Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge Frederick Creany.
For the two alleged deals, he faces felony charges of delivering a controlled substance and distributing a substance represented as a drug. He also faces lesser charges of theft by deception and possession of a controlled substance.
Miller is to appear at 1:30 p.m. April 10 before Creany for a preliminary hearing.
Simanski also is facing charges in Ebensburg Borough and Cambria Township. She appeared before a magisterial district judge earlier this month and is awaiting a formal arraignment, online court records show.
Mirror Staff Writer Sean Sauro is at 946-7535.