Crime

Philipsburg man waives drug charges hearing

A Philipsburg man will stand trial after allegedly bringing large amounts of marijuana into the area.

Matthew L. Rosenbarker, 27, is charged with a felony count of manufacture/delivery/possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, two misdemeanor counts of intentional possession of a controlled substance by person not registered, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday during centralized court in Clearfield County.

His bail was decreased at that time from $50,000 to $5,000.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, officers were conducting an investigation into the distribution of marijuana in the Centre and Clearfield County areas by Rosenbarker. Information was received that Rosenbarker was selling marijuana and making runs to Pittsburgh to obtain the drug to sell in the area.

After an officer received information that Rosenbarker was traveling to Pittsburgh, Rosenbarker’s vehicle was stopped on state Route 970 about 200 yards from U.S. Route 322. During the stop, the officer noticed an odor of marijuana. Rosenbarker seemed nervous and provided inconsistent stories, according to the affidavit. When he was questioned about the odor of marijuana, he said he had smoked some earlier but didn’t have any in the vehicle, according to the report.

A K-9 officer did a probable cause search on the vehicle and alerted to a center console and to a bag in the trunk. When the officer did a hand search of the bag, he allegedly found about 6 pounds of marijuana. Rosenbarker was taken into custody at that time. A closer inspection of the bag revealed approximately 2 ounces of “crumble,” a THC-based substitute.

According to police, Rosenbarker told them he paid about $2,500 for a pound of marijuana and $650 for the “crumble.” He advised an officer he also had Vicodin pills in the car for which he did not have a prescription. Pills found in the car were determined to be acetaminophen and hydrocodone.

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