Crime

Pair jailed in Centre County on heroin charges

Jeffrey Ford, 46, of Lock Haven, was arrested Friday by State College police and members of the Centre County Drug Task Force.
Jeffrey Ford, 46, of Lock Haven, was arrested Friday by State College police and members of the Centre County Drug Task Force. Photo provided

A man and a woman are in Centre County Correctional Facility after a search of their vehicle yielded heroin and drug paraphernalia, according to police.

Jeffrey Ford, 46, of Lock Haven, and Jacqueline Bareiss, 31, of State College, were arrested Friday by State College police and members of the Centre County Drug Task Force, the culmination of an investigation that began late last month.

Officers obtained a search warrant for a room occupied by Ford and Bareiss at the Super 8 Motel on South Atherton Street on Friday after responding to a call from employees about a woman who told the desk clerk she needed to go to the hospital after using drugs in a room at the hotel.

Police arrived at the room at about 5 a.m. and talked to Ford, who reportedly told police the woman had been drinking alcohol but wasn’t doing drugs there, according to court documents. Officers noted seeing syringe caps and small pieces of burnt aluminum consistent with drug use in a garbage bag during the conversation, according to documents.

Officers went to Mount Nittany Medical Center to talk to the woman. She reportedly told police that she had smoked meth in the hotel room and that others there were also doing drugs, according to court documents.

Bareiss and a person not charged were among those in the room, according to the criminal complaint.

While in the process of obtaining the search warrant, an officer watching the room saw Ford and Bareiss leave the motel in a Jeep Cherokee at about 11 a.m., according to police. Officers conducted a traffic stop, and a search of the vehicle yielded 65 bags of suspected heroin weighing 16.5 grams and a small amount of prescription medication, according to court documents.

Syringes, empty bags thought to have contained heroin and a digital scale were found in the room, police said.

Detectives started investigating Ford on May 27 on suspicion of dealing drugs, according to court documents.

Both were also involved in an incident about a week before the arrest. Police were called to an East College Avenue residence for a reported heroin overdose. Officers found that Bareiss had overdosed but was revived by paramedics.

Another person at the home reported that he believed Ford had provided the heroin, according to court documents.

Ford and Bareiss were arraigned before District Judge Tom Jordan on Saturday. They face one felony count each of possession with intent to deliver heroin and conspiracy to deal the drug, plus misdemeanor drug possession and use charges. Bareiss is also charged with summary traffic violations.

Ford’s bail was set at $100,000 and Bareiss’ at $50,000.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled for Wednesday.

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