Man accused of selling cocaine to informant in Franklin faces charges

A 25-year-old man is facing multiple drug charges after he allegedly sold cocaine to a confidential informant in Franklin earlier this year.

A criminal complaint filed Thursday through District Judge Matthew Kirtland’s office said Trooper Bradley Wolak with the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Drug Law Enforcement Division, Northwest Strike Force Unit, met with the confidential informant on March 21.

The informant told Wolak that Andre Sampson Jr. was selling cocaine from a residence at 1127 Elk St. in Franklin, the complaint said.

Wolak had the informant contact Sampson via his phone to arrange a purchase of crack cocaine and provided him with $100 in state police funds for the transaction, the complaint said.

The informant exited Wolak’s undercover vehicle and entered the side door of the residence on Elk Street before coming back out minutes later to surrender the suspected crack cocaine, according to the complaint.

Charges filed against Sampson on Thursday include one felony count of criminal use of a communication facility, one count of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver and intentional possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered.

Sampson is awaiting a preliminary hearing in the case.

He is currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh.