Fallentimber man facing drug charges

Nardelli allegedly found with syringe containing meth

DUBOIS — A Fallen­timber man who was allegedly found to have 24 grams of methamphetamine in his vehicle while he was sitting at a Sheetz in Clearfield County, was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Friday.

DuBois police reported on Sept. 12 that an employee of Sheetz on North Brady Street in DuBois advised them that a male in a blue vehicle in their parking lot attempted to sell someone methamphetamine.

When they approached the man inside that vehicle, he was reportedly “very jittery” and exhibiting signs of being under the influence of methamphetamine. He was identified as Donald Lee Nardelli, 36.

He denied trying to sell anyone meth and was “shaking, rocking back and forth” as he spoke with the officer, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

When asked what he was doing at Sheetz, he said he did not realize he was in DuBois and thought he was in Coalport.

Because Nardelli could not keep his hands still and kept reaching for items in the vehicle, the officer asked him to exit the car.

He had a loaded syringe of meth in the cargo pocket of his pants and he admitted he had meth and paraphernalia in a draw string bag on the front passenger seat, police said.

Nardelli consented to a search of the vehicle, which uncovered several bags of meth weighing a total of 24 grams in the drawstring bag, nine syringes, some of which were filled, unused syringes, scales, straws and other empty bags, according to the report.

He is charged with a felony count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, misdemeanor intentional possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He waived his right to a preliminary hearing Fri­day, sending the case to the Court of Common Pleas. At that time, Nardelli’s bail was reduced from $10,000, monetary, to $10,000, unsecured by District Judge Pat Ford.

Nardelli, who has been incarcerated since Jan. 4, according to online court documents, was released Friday.

Nardelli also has charges pending in Blair County.

According to online court documents, Nardelli was charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance after an incident in August, and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia in October.

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