Police: Windber woman sold meth
Osterburg man charged for conspiracy in one sale
BEDFORD — A Windber woman faces criminal charges for allegedly selling methamphetamine in two controlled drug deals.
Billi Jo Ciucci, 40, of 818 Verla Drive, is being charged with two felony counts of drug possession, two felony counts of criminal use of communication facility, a felony count of conspiracy to manufacture and two misdemeanor counts of possession of controlled substances.
A detective with the Bedford County District Attorney’s Office alleges Ciucci sold methamphetamine to an undercover informant and a state trooper on Oct. 22 and Jan. 28.
The defendant first reportedly sold 2 grams of methamphetamine to an undercover informant for $200 in October at the Chestnut Ridge Ambulance Associates building along Quaker Valley Road in Alum Bank.
The informant first met Ciucci at Fleegle’s Convenience Store in Alum Bank while surveillance was set up at the nearby Best Way Pizza parking lot on Quaker Valley Road, according to a police criminal complaint.
After the informant got into a car with Ciucci and an unknown male, they allegedly drove to the ambulance building where they exchanged the money and drugs before driving back to the store.
The drugs the informant purchased from Ciucci tested positive for methamphetamine, police said.
In January, a state trooper allegedly conducted a controlled buy with Ciucci, again meeting at the Fleegle’s Convenience Store. The defendant reportedly got into the trooper’s car to sell methamphetamine and then drove off in a pickup truck.
When the truck with Ciucci in it started heading south on Route 96, police said they conducted a traffic stop.
During the traffic stop, the driver, Roger Ray Berkheimer, was removed from the vehicle and a handgun fell to the ground, the criminal complaint states. A further search of the vehicle revealed an Altoid tin with suspected methamphetamine in it, a plastic bottle with suspected marijuana in it, a holster for the handgun and digital scales.
Police said some of the money used in the drug sale to the trooper was also found in Ciucci’s right shoe.
Both Berkheimer and Ciucci were taken into custody.
Berkheimer, 43, of Osterburg, faces charges of conspiracy in drug delivery and possession, two counts of possession of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.
His preliminary hearing has been continued to 9 a.m. Feb. 20. He was arraigned Jan. 30 in front of Magisterial District Judge Kathy Calhoun.
He is housed at the Bedford County Jail on a cash bail of $25,000.
Ciucci was arraigned Jan. 29 in front of Magisterial District Judge Tonya Osman. Her preliminary hearing has been delayed to 9 a.m. Feb. 27 at Bedford Central Court.
Ciucci’s cash bail of $50,000 was posted Jan. 29.
Mirror Staff Writer Shen Wu Tan is at 946-7457.