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Townsman faces break-up charges

A townsman faces charges of attempting to break into two structures and a vehicle along the 1900 block of 10th Street on Saturday.

According to court documents, Travis James Pfahler, 36, was charged with two counts of criminal trespassing and one misdemeanor count of theft from a motor vehicle after police responded to a call about a man attempting to break into a house.

The victim showed police video surveillance of Pfahler walking on the porch and heading for the front door and out of camera range. Police allegedly heard Pfahler attempt to open the door before exiting the porch and walking towards a silver Ford Mustang. He is then seen walking towards the victim’s house, but he runs back towards the Mustang as people pass. The video shows Pfahler walking back to the victim’s house and vehicle, and after failing to open the car door, he walks into a garage and tries to open the door, according to court documents.

When police arrived on the scene, Pfahler was standing by the Mustang and said he was driving the car while in the area visiting a friend.

Pfahler was arraigned Sunday morning before Magistrate District Judge Fred B. Miller. Unable to post $50,000 bond, he was returned to the Blair County Jail. His preliminary hearing is set for July 20 before Magistrate District Judge Daniel C. DeAntonia.

State police release data on drug seizures

Pennsylvania State Police seized $18.6 million worth of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, methamphetamines and other illicit drugs from April through June, according to a news release.

During that time, soldiers seized nearly 170 pounds of cocaine, worth more than $5 million; 308 pounds of methamphetamines, estimated at $3 million; 138 pounds of $4.1 million fentanyl and more than 46,000 assorted narcotic pills, statistics show.

Among the statistical breakdown, police reported that 3.3 pounds of crack cocaine were seized along with 7.66 pounds of heroin. Additionally, 31 doses of LSD, pills and paper, were taken, along with 19.73 pints of liquid marijuana THC and 13.71 pounds of solid marijuana THC. Marijuana plants, 1,906 of them, were taken, along with 1,328 pounds of processed marijuana.

During the first quarter of the year, from January to March, state police seized more than $23.1 million worth of illegal drugs, including 4,268.6 pounds of marijuana worth $12.8 million, 163.44 pounds of cocaine worth $3.6 million and nearly 121 pounds of methamphetamine worth $1.2. million.

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