Clearfield trio face drug charges

Group allegedly part of ring that trafficked, sold crystal meth, cocaine

Three Clearfield County residents are facing felony charges for their roles in a drug ring that trafficked and sold crystal methamphetamine and cocaine in Pennsylvania and Ohio. The charges include drug offenses and child endangerment, since two children were present at home during many drug sales allegedly committed by the defendants.

According to a grand jury presentment, Sondra McQuillen, 53, of the 3100 block of Sanborn Road, Houtzdale, traveled to Akron, Ohio, on 26 occasions where she obtained methamphetamine, cocaine and other drugs, Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. The grand jury found that Jason Merritts, 37, and Joyce Merritts, 32, of the 1000 block of Park Avenue Extension, Clearfield, bought the methamphetamine from McQuillen and sold the drugs to a confidential informant working with the Attorney General’s Office.

McQuillen was charged with multiple counts of possession with the intent to deliver, delivery, corrupt organizations and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.

The Merrittses face similar charges for 18 purchases of methamphetamine — as well as being charged with endangering the welfare of children, because their 10- and 12-year-old children were present during many of the drug buys in their home.