Crime

Drugs, needles, cash and 2 fugitives found in Ferguson Township

Ferguson Township police responded to a local restaurant Tuesday to help Centre County probation with an arrest.

They ended up with two men, both with probation issues.

Giovanni Mazzotta, 25, of Pleasant Gap, tried to flee, according to police. When he was taken into custody, he was in possession of both heroin and needles.

Mazzotta was wanted on a bench warrant issued Aug. 16 by Centre County Judge Jonathan Grine for probation violation. According to the warrant, Mazzotta left the transitional house where he was staying in June without checking in and had no contact with probation officials since that time. He pleaded guilty to drug charges in December 2016 and was given six months probation, to be served consecutively to sentences for two previous criminal cases.

Mazzotta is at the Centre County Correctional Facility with additional charges pending.

Michael Stevens, 25, of State College, was with Mazzotta. Police say he ran from the scene “but was apprehended after a brief foot chase.”

Stevens was wanted by Pennsylvania State Probation and Parole and was turned over to state agents.

A search warrant for “a car associated with Mazzotta and Stevens” revealed a large amount of cash and drugs inside the vehicle, according to police.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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