Morrisdale man convicted on charges

Kifer accused of possessing methamphetamine

CLEARFIELD — It took a Clearfield County jury only 25 minutes to find a Morrisdale man guilty of possessing a large quantity of methamphetamine.

Brandon J. Kifer, 38, was found guilty of felony manufacture/delivery/possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and misdemeanor counts of knowingly possessing a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia after Wednesday’s trial.

He was acquitted on an additional charge of driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

The charges stem from an encounter Kifer had with Lawrence Township Police in the parking lot of Walmart where he was asleep behind the wheel of his truck in December.

According to the affidavit, a phlebotomist had difficulty obtaining blood from Kifer to test for controlled substances, but a drug recognition expert had concluded that Kifer was under the influence and Kifer himself admitted to taking Subutex.

In her closing arguments, Kifer’s attorney Leanne Nedza questioned what she saw as conflicting evidence, including whether two or three vials of blood were taken from Kifer for testing and the initial report that the suspected methamphetamine weighed 61 grams.

She stated that Kifer had performed his field sobriety tests “pretty well.”

In his closing arguments, First Assistant District Attorney Ryan Dobo outlined the basics of the case.

Dobo said Kifer admitted to taking Subutex and appeared to be under the influence. When he was searched, officers found two pieces of a crystallized substance that was tested by a lab expert who verified it was methamphetamine weighing a total of 53.33 grams.

“This is a lot of methamphetamine,” Dobo stated, indicating Kifer had that amount because he planned to sell it to others. He also noted that Kifer had $1,350 in cash.

Drugs and cash go hand-in-hand with the distribution of drugs, Dobo said.

Kifer will be sentenced within 60 days.