O.C. man facing several drug charges

An Oil City man is facing multiple drug charges after he allegedly was found with marijuana and other paraphernalia during a traffic stop last month.

A criminal complaint filed through district judge Andrew Fish’s office said 20-year-old Gaven Rinker was one of four people in a red Chevrolet Aveo that was pulled over on Mylan Street on Oct. 5.

Trooper Richard Giustini with Franklin state police initiated the stop after running the license plate number and seeing that the registration was suspended due to an insurance cancellation, the complaint said.

Giustini also smelled an odor of marijuana when approaching the vehicle, which was driven by 18-year-old Andrew Eakin, the complaint said.

Giustini ran all four individuals’ information and it was determined that Eakin’s driver’s license was suspended, the complaint said.

After Oil City police arrived to provide assistance, Rinker told Giustini in an interview that the vehicle was his and he emptied his pockets of more than $600 in cash, the complaint said.

A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed there was a book bag containing clear bags of marijuana, a black digital scale, cellophane and a glass smoking apparatus, the complaint said.

A bent/folded bank card was also located, and Rinker admitted the book bag belonged to him, the complaint said.

Eakin was taken into custody for driving under the influence, driving under a suspended license and operating a vehicle with a suspended registration.

Charges filed against Rinker Monday include a felony count of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, misdemeanor counts of intentional possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, permitting DUI – controlled substance and permitting DUI – controlled substance – impaired ability.

Rinker is also being charged with summary counts of permitting an unlicensed driver and permitting suspended vehicle registration.