Crime

Woman facing charges for allegedly selling drugs to informant

Mercedes Ashley Ward, 22, of Everett, has been charged with three felonies for allegedly selling drugs in State College to a confidential police informant.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, State College police were made aware by the informant in August 2014 that Ward was “selling cocaine, Molly and marijuana in the State College area.”

The confidential informant was advised that the female went by the name “Cedez.”

The affidavit says money was given to the informant to purchase drugs from Ward.

Police detail in the affidavit that the informant was under continuous surveillance on Sept. 3, 2014, when they say Ward allegedly provided cocaine and a bag that was suspected to contain the synthetic drug Molly, in exchange for $200 in cash.

Ward reportedly advised the informant that she was “only in town for the day but may be returning for the weekend.”

According to court documents, on Dec. 8, 2014, police say they received a lab report confirming that the alleged bag of cocaine was 1.41 grams of Pentedrone.

According to a report issued by the National Advisory Committee on Drugs in 2011, “Pentedrone is a stimulant that has been sold as a designer drug and has been found since 2010 as an ingredient in a number of ‘bath salt’ mixes sold as legal highs.”

The report did not positively identify the bag of suspected Molly.

Ward is charged with three felony counts of manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver.

Her preliminary hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 6 at the Centre County Courthouse.

Jalelah Ahmed, 231-4631, jahmed@centredaily.com

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