OC man arrested on felony drug charges

From staff reports

An Oil City man was arrested Thursday on felony drug-related charges.

Oil City police said they received information Wednesday that a firearm may have been delivered to the Walnut Street home of Robert Boyer, 42, who was known to be prohibited from possessing firearms.

Police arrived Thursday to execute a search warrant and observed a vehicle leaving Boyer’s home. After police initiated a traffic stop, Boyer was found to be in the passenger seat of the vehicle.

Police said the driver told them the firearm in question was actually an air rifle and was traded to Boyer for methamphetamine.

Boyer was taken into custody and transported to the Oil City police station, where he made unsolicited statements about drugs and drug-related items in his house, according to police.

After obtaining a search warrant, officers returned to the Walnut Street home and found an air rifle, syringes, scales and a small amount of crystal methamphetamine.

Boyer is facing felony charges of criminal conspiracy and manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Boyer was lodged in the Venango County jail as he was unable to post bail.

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