Alleged Bellefonte marijuana dealer waives court appearance

A Bellefonte man waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday on charges connected to drug sales.

Robert Lewis Jackson Jr., 28, is charged with four counts of manufacture, distribution or possession with intent to distribute marijuana; eight counts of criminal use of a communication facility; and one count of robbery. All charges are felonies.

The case started with the robbery. According to court documents, Jackson assaulted Kyle Myers, of Philipsburg, at the Centre-Mart on Wilson Street in Bellefonte on May 27, threatening him with a handgun. After the incident, Jackson sent threatening text messages to Myers’ mother.

On May 28 around 6:28 p.m., Officer Andrew Berry found Jackson on West Bishop Street. Police found three sandwich bags filled with marijuana in Jackson’s pants pockets.

“The suspected marijuana was packaged in a manner that is consistent with distributing illegal drugs,” court documents read.

In the affidavit of probable cause, police said Jackson admitted to attacking Myers, who had given him $60 in return for drugs. Instead of drugs, Jackson gave Myers a punch to the neck, documents state. He said he took the money and assaulted Myers because they were both interested in the same girl.

Asked about the gun, Jackson told police he no longer had it, having traded it for drugs in Williamsport.

Police followed up on the threatening text messages by searching Jackson’s cellphone. In addition to confirmation of the assault on Myers and the intimidating messages to his mother, that search turned up a group text message that went to eight people half an hour before Jackson was picked up by police, advertising high grade marijuana for $20 a gram or $60 for an eighth of an ounce.

Jackson is in Centre County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 monetary bail.

Court documents show he is also on probation in Centre County for other charges.