AP NEWS

3 Charged Following Mountain Top Drug Raid

August 22, 2018
1 of 3

3 Charged Following Mountain Top Drug Raid

WRIGHT TWP. — A drug raid at a Mountain Top home Wednesday morning ended with three people in custody after investigators found a cache of drug paraphernalia and psychedelic mushrooms, according to police.

Marissa Flanagan, 38, Thomas Santini Fuller, 37, and Max-An Benfield, 34, all of 329 S. Main Road, were captured during the early morning raid at their home following a series of undercover methamphetamine buys, police said.

According to the charges, the state Attorney General’s Drug Task Force used a confidential informant to buy crystal meth from Flanagan and Fuller on Aug. 16. Flanagan met with the informant at the home and sold him meth, the complaint alleges.

Police conducted another buy on Monday, setting up surveillance around the home as the informant again bought crystal meth from Flanagan, according to the charges.

Investigators converged at the home around 7 a.m. Wednesday and raided the property. In Benfield’s bedroom, police found 23 empty heroin packets, rolling papers, a bag of marijuana, five glass marijuana pipes, a scale and a dozen containers in which Benfield was growing hallucinogenic mushrooms, the charges allege.

During questioning, Flanagan admitted to selling meth she got from Fuller to friends she met outside the home, police said. She would then give the money from the sales back to Fuller, according to the complaint.

Investigators charged Flanagan with conspiring to traffic drugs, drug trafficking, drug possession and possessing drug paraphernalia. Fuller was charged with conspiring to illegally possess drugs, drug possession and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Police charged Benfield with drug trafficking, drug possession and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Magisterial District Judge Ferris Peter Webby Sr. arraigned the trio Wednesday morning and set bail at $40,000 for Flanagan and Fuller, and $10,000 for Benfield.

They were being held at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility with a preliminary hearing set for Aug. 30.

AP RADIO
Update hourly