3 arrested on drug charges after Sugarcreek stop

From staff reports

Three men are facing felony drug manufacturing charges in connection with an incident in which they were found with methamphetamine, needles and various drug paraphernalia during a vehicle search at the Sugarcreek Sheetz.

Sugarcreek police said they initially ran the plate number of a vehicle driven by Jerry Donald Phillips, 48, of Polk, while it was parked at Sheetz on May 14 because they suspected Phillips had outstanding warrants against him.

Venango County 911 confirmed Phillips was wanted on warrants and he was subsequently arrested, police said in a criminal complaint.

Phillips’ two passengers, William Scott Raub, 33, of Petrolia, and Kelly Eugene Shulters, 42, of Oil City, were also taken into custody on warrants, police said.

A search of the vehicle revealed several plastic baggies with green cash symbols on them, some containing a white powder residue, three scales and five hypodermic needles, police said.

Police said Raub and Shulters were both found to be in possession of a “small amount” of methamphetamine after they were taken into custody. Raub was also in possession of a smoking pipe and a small spoon with white residue on it, police said.

All three men were charged with a felony count of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

They were arraigned and then lodged in the Venango County jail after failing to post $15,000 bail.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled Wednesday in Central Court.