Parolee arraigned on charges

City man accused of suppling runner with drugs

After allegedly discovering money and drugs in a state parolee’s house, police are charging the Altoona man with several drug-related crimes.

Joshua Powell, 36, was arraigned Monday by Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio, following drug charges against his roommate, Jennifer Markel, according to court documents.

The Mirror previously reported Markel was charged in two separate incidents involving significant amounts of controlled substances, including cocaine.

On Feb. 12, Pennsylvania State Parole agents conducted a check on Powell, and during a search of his home on the 1600 block of Fourth Street, they allegedly discovered a significant amount of suspected methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy pills, drug paraphernalia and cash, police reported.

The money and drugs were discovered in a bedroom near an open safe.

Powell and Markel said they were once romantically involved, but no longer, and while Markel told police the safe was her’s, the two said they took turns sleeping in the bedroom with the safe, police noted.

During an interview with police, Markel said people regularly contacted her to purchase drugs from Powell, a criminal complaint stated. Powell allegedly gives the drugs to Markel, who delivers them to buyers, collects money and returns to Powell, police reported.

Charged with at least five drug-related felonies and 11 other lesser crimes, Powell was unable to post his $50,000 cash bond and is detained at a State Correctional Institution, court documents stated.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 3 with DeAntonio.

Mirror Staff Writer Ike Fredregill is at 814-946-7458.


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