Police: Man had designer drugs
Stiffler allegedly got stimulants shipped from China
A Hollidaysburg man is accused of having designer drugs shipped to him from China.
Brett A. Stiffler, 27, of 106 N. Montgomery St., was arraigned Tuesday afternoon on 11 drug charges, including seven felonies, stemming from an alleged shipment of various designer stimulants from China that were discovered after a check of his home by Blair County Adult Probation & Parole officers in early December.
According to charges filed by Hollidaysburg Borough police, probation officers found evidence of drugs, including “a vast amount” of syringes, as well as text messages on Stiffler’s phone that suggested he was buying and selling drugs.
An email found by his probation officer allegedly indicated Stiffler was waiting on a package to clear U.S. Customs that would be arriving in the next couple of days.
A search warrant obtained by Hollidaysburg police on Dec. 19 allegedly revealed messages about the package Stiffler was expecting. The texts and Facebook messages found by police included messages where Stiffler said, “He can’t wait until it gets here” and messages in which Stiffler wanted to trade “things” with various people that would then “hook them up” when he got his shipment, Hollidaysburg police Officer Richard Oldham noted in the charges.
Stiffler allegedly messaged another person to tell them he “put an order in to China and they are sending him 40 grams, which would be $4,000 that he could make,” police wrote in the affidavit of probable cause.
The messages also revealed the tracking number for the package, which was sent through the U.S. Postal Service.
The post office had attempted to deliver the package on Dec. 12, but no one was at Stiffler’s address to sign for it, so it was taken back to the Hollidaysburg post office.
When police checked on the package, it was still at the post office, prompting police to work through a U.S. postal inspector to find out if a warrant was needed to open it. Police indicated that a Homeland Security agent subsequently opened it under the pretense of an “extended border search.” The package was then turned over to the postal inspector, who gave it to Hollidaysburg police, court records show.
Police said the parcel contained four, resealable plastic bags inside foil wrapping and that each bag held a different substance. The substances were sent off to the state police for testing in early January. Police received the test results on Feb. 1 and 22.
State police testing found the substances to be designer drugs.
Police said the first bag contained 9.66 grams of an off-white powder that tests showed was 4-methylamphetamine — a Schedule II drug similar to amphetamine. That bag took the longest to analyze, police said.
The second bag contained 9.55 grams of a tan substance called pyrovalerone, which is a Schedule V drug that is a stimulant and dopamine re-uptake inhibitor.
The third bag had 12.16 grams of a Schedule I stimulant called 4-chloroethcathinone, and the fourth bag contained 11.53 grams of a Schedule I stimulant called 4-chloro-alpha-pyrrolidinovalerophenone. Both drugs are off-white and crystalline, police noted.
Stiffler, who was jailed in December on a probation violation, was arraigned Tuesday by Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner and remanded to Blair County Prison in lieu of $50,000 cash bail. His preliminary hearing on the charges, which include possession with intent to distribute a designer drug and criminal use of a communication facility, is slated for Tuesday before Judge Aigner in Hollidaysburg District Court.
Mirror Staff Writer Greg Bock is at 946-7458.