Man convicted of felony drug charges in Centre County

An Erie man was convicted of felony drug charges Monday after a one-day jury trial.

According to a news release by the Centre County District Attorney’s office, a jury found Jacob Morroni, 29, guilty on felony counts of possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communication facility as well as misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of an offensive weapon.

Pennsylvania State Police were tipped in September 2014 that Morroni was selling bath salts, the release said. He was stopped by troopers on information that he was going to conduct a drug deal.

A search revealed several baggies of bath salts and synthetic marijuana, the release said, as well as rolling papers and brass knuckles. Text messages corroborated that he was dealing bath salts.

State police testified at the trial, the release said. The jury returned a guilty verdict on all counts after less than two hours of deliberation.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 30.

“Drug dealers need to understand that if they spread poison in our community, they will be caught and held accountable,” District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said in the release.