Man facing drug charges after stop; 2 others arrested

From staff reports

Three people were arrested early Wednesday morning after Franklin state police found suspected methamphetamine and paraphernalia in a car during a traffic stop on Route 322 near Deep Hollow Road.

Shawn Paul Powell, 25, of 1220 Otter St. in Franklin, has been charged with a felony count of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor counts of use-possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

Police said Powell was a passenger in a white Acura that police stopped for a traffic violation at about 2 a.m. Wednesday. Police said the driver, Caylynn Miller, 22, of Seneca, was wanted on a warrant out of the Venango County sheriff’s office.

A criminal complaint says police detected the smell of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle, and police asked Miller and another passenger, Lucas Fox, 22, of Franklin, what had transpired that night and the two gave conflicting answers, the complaint said.

When searching the vehicle, police found a glass smoking pipe, a digital scale, several small plastic bags and suspected methamphetamine, the complaint said.

Police said all three were arrested at the scene and taken to the Franklin barracks.

Miller was released to the county sheriff’s office, and Fox was released from the barracks.

Powell was arraigned before district judge Matthew Kirtland and placed in the Venango County jail on $5,000 straight bail.

Powell is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Central Court.