Crime

State College man arrested, allegedly sold methamphetamine

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office announced Monday the arrest of a State College man charged with distributing crystal methamphetamine.

Joseph Mishock, 33, was arrested after a three-month investigation by the OAG’s Centre County Drug Task Force, a collaborative effort between investigators with the OAG’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and local law enforcement.

Mishock was charged with four counts of delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of criminal use of a communication facility and one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of a prohibitive offensive weapon, according to a release.

This case will be prosecuted by the Centre County District Attorney’s Office.

Investigators utilized a confidential informant, who made multiple controlled purchases of methamphetamine from Mishock, according to a release.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for Mishock’s residence, according to the OAG, which led to the seizure of about “half a gram of methamphetamine, various drug paraphernalia, a small amount of marijuana, $317 in cash and an electronic weapon similar to a Taser.”

Mishock is being held in the Centre County Correctional Facility in lieu of $500,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 1.

State College, Bellefonte, Ferguson Township, Patton Township, Spring Township and Penn State police contributed to the investigation.

Mishock pleaded guilty in November 2014 to two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, a felony; and three counts of possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription, a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to serve 11 and a half to 23 and a half months in the Centre County Correctional Facility and received one year of probation by Judge Pamela A. Ruest.

He called himself the “Trypnotist” and fled to San Francisco, police said. Mishock was extradited back to Pennsylvania, where he was prosecuted for selling marijuana and other drugs.

Mishock was paroled on that sentence in April 2014, four months after his sentencing. Supervision in his case was transferred to Cambria County at that time.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli

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