Tyrone man faces felony drug charges

Marijuana discovered during a traffic stop has lead to felony charges for a Tyrone man.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Ferguson Township police, an officer observed a vehicle traveling 51 in a 35 mph zone at about 7:40 a.m. Oct. 25 along West Whitehall Road. The driver was identified as Jonathan Wirtner, 25.

According to police, the officer said there was a “strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.” When asked about it, Wirtner allegedly said there was marijuana in the vehicle’s center console.

Wirtner allegedly admitted to smoking two bowls of marijuana that day, police said, and passed a field coordination test. A probable cause search of the vehicle allegedly revealed a plastic container of marijuana in the center console and a plastic bags containing marijuana residue and $580 in cash.

A bag was discovered in the trunk, police said, which allegedly contained nine bags individually packed with marijuana, several bags with residue in them and a glass-blown smoking device. A search of Wirtner’s cellphone also allegedly indicated “text communications indicative of a person selling and delivering drugs.”

Wirtner was arraigned before District Judge Ronald Horner, according to court documents, and charged with felony counts of possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communication facility; misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia; and a summary charge of exceeding the speed limit.

Unsecured bail was set at $50,000. A preliminary hearing is slated for Wednesday.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews