Couple arraigned on drug charges

August 21, 2018

Somerset Borough police found more than they expected during a welfare check in Somerset early Monday.

Officers were checking on the safety of a 23-year-old Johnstown woman in a room at the Knights Inn and discovered drug paraphernalia and her boyfriend — who was wanted on a bench warrant.

Samantha Nicole Boyle had told police that she was being assaulted by her boyfriend, Jeffery James Sopich Jr., of Gray, which is why officers were conducting the welfare check, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

When the officers arrived at her motel room door and asked for the whereabouts of the person assaulting her, she told them Sopich had left. While searching the room, after seeing drug paraphernalia, police found Sopich hiding under the bed Boyle was sitting on, according to a court document. Sopich was wanted for multiple felonies, police said.

Sopich, 35, told police he knew about the warrant and was trying to hide from the officers, according to the affidavit. Sopich was transported to the Somerset County Jail. He was found to be hiding methamphetamine in his rectum, police said. Sopich was charged by the Somerset County Bureau of Investigation with contraband, a felony, and a lesser-graded offense of possession of a controlled substance. Boyle had half of a Suboxone pill— not prescribed to her — and another Suboxone pill smashed on cellophane, police said. Boyle was charged with hindering apprehension of prosecution, a third-degree felony, and the lesser-graded charges of possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Boyle and Sopich are in the Somerset County Jail in lieu of $10,000 and $25,000 bonds, respectively. Both are scheduled to go before District Judge Ken Johnson in Somerset the afternoon of Aug. 28.

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