Two men face felony drug charges after a confidential State College police informant completed a controlled purchase of methamphetamine and cocaine from them, according to police.
The informant approached State College police in February and said someone named “Nick” was selling and using heroin, crack cocaine, methamphetamine and bath salts in Philipsburg. The man was later identified as 28-year-old Nicholas Lesniak.
Police were aware of a search warrant issued for 226 N. 10th St. in Philipsburg, which is where Lesniak was found on Sunday. Lesniak was found to be in possession of marijuana, glassine bags containing suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia.
Lesniak returned to Philipsburg and offered to sell the informant bath salts on Thursday. Police monitored and recorded the phone call between Lesniak and the informant after a court order was obtained from Court of Common Pleas Judge Brian Marshall.
The informant followed Stephon Barkley, 28, into the residence on Thursday. Barkley escorted the informant through the residence where they met Lesniak.
Lesniak sold the informant $20 of methamphetamine and Barkley sold the informant $100 of suspected cocaine. The purchases were conducted in Lesniak’s residence, arranged by cellphone with Lesniak and facilitated by Lesniak, according to police.
Police followed Barkley’s vehicle after he left the premises and Barkley admitted that he “hooked people up” with marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, MDMA (commonly known as ecstasy), methamphetamine and heroin.
There were 25.1 grams of ecstasy, 13.2 grams of crack cocaine, 10 grams of heroin, 7.1 grams of methamphetamine, 3.8 grams of cocaine and 3.6 grams of marijuana found inside Barkley’s vehicle.
Lesniak was seen leaving his residence on Friday and a police search yielded 0.2 grams of heroin and 0.1 grams of crack cocaine. He was also found to be in possession of a white/black pipe containing suspected marijuana residue.
Lesniak was charged with two felony counts of conspiracy manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, one felony count of criminal use of a communication facility, two misdemeanor counts of intentional possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of use/possession of drug paraphernalia.
Barkley was charged with seven felony counts of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, one felony count of conspiracy manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, six misdemeanor counts of intentional possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of use/possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both men were arraigned before District Judge Casey McClain, who set monetary bail at $50,000. Neither posted bail and are being held at Centre County Correctional Facility.
Their preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 21.