Police: Teen linked to THC vape cartridges
Malone faces felony charges related to seizure of cash, suspected drugs
A Hollidaysburg teenager faces felony charges over seized packages of cash and suspected THC vape cartridges.
According to charges filed by state police at Hollidaysburg, two packages of cash totaling $9,050 were intercepted by a U.S. postal inspector in July and August, followed by two packages in September containing a total of 260 suspected THC vape cartridges that state police contend were connected to 19-year-old Mitchell P. Malone, of Hollidaysburg.
According to charges filed this week by state police, Malone had sent a package with $6,150 in cash hidden between the pages of a magazine in July. It was intercepted by a postal inspector, and in August, another package was intercepted containing $2,900 in cash hidden in a DVD container. That package had Malone’s father as the name on the return label along with Malone mother’s address in Altoona.
State police noted Malone was called by a postal inspector after the first package was intercepted in July, and during that conversation, Malone allegedly admitted he smoked THC vape pens. State police noted Malone was sent paperwork for the civil forfeiture of the cash and he never responded to claim the money.
On Sept. 3, a postal inspector flagged two suspicious packages from Los Angeles, both addressed to a friend of Malone’s in Altoona.
After a Logan Township drug dog alerted to possible narcotics in the packages, both packages were opened after a federal search warrant was obtained, state police noted in the charges.
Inside one of the packages were 120 suspected THC vape cartridges and in the other, police allegedly found 140 suspected THC vape cartridges as well as a container marked “2 grams of flower/ 1/4 gram of hash.”
That container field tested positive for THC, state police noted, but a field test of one of the vape cartridges “was unsuccessful,” according to the charges.
Police then resealed the packages, and they were delivered to the address of Malone’s friend in Altoona, who after police served a search warrant on his home, told officers that he was supposed to send a text message to Malone when the parcels arrived. The friend, who is not charged at this time, told investigators that he didn’t get any money from Malone, but instead got a discount. Instead of paying $50 for a THC vape cartridge from Malone, he could buy one for $20.
While police monitored, the friend contacted Malone via the app Snapchat and they agreed to meet so the friend could turn over the packages to Malone. Police noted Malone arrived at the meeting location in a convertible Mercedes, and he was taken into custody after the friend handed him the packages.
Malone allegedly admitted the packages contained THC vape cartridges and further stated he had ordered and paid for them and his friend was only used as a delivery location because the police were watching him, state police added.
Malone was arraigned Wednesday on felony charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility, along with misdemeanor counts of drug possession, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on an unsecured $50,000 bond.
A call to Malone’s attorney, John Sisto, was not returned on Thursday. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 29 before Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner in Hollidaysburg.
Mirror Staff Writer Greg Bock is at 946-7458.