DuBOIS — A call to a Treasure Lake business resulted in Sandy Township police allegedly finding a DuBois man with a prohibited firearm as well as drugs.
Matthew Shaffer, 35, 127 Abby Road, DuBois, has been charged with a felony count of possession of a firearm prohibited and two misdemeanor counts of intentional possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered.
According to an affidavit of probable cause filed Oct. 26 at District Judge Patrick Ford’s office, the police were called to the One Stop store in Treasure Lake for a report of a male slumped over the wheel of a vehicle at 11:12 a.m. Dec. 29, 2017. The vehicle was said to have been parked in front of the store.
Upon arrival, the police saw a man passed out behind the wheel while the engine was running, the affidavit said. The police opened the door of the vehicle, turned the ignition off and identified the man from prior interactions as Shaffer. The police yelled at Shaffer to wake him up.
The affidavit said that Shaffer appeared to be “spacey” and had slurred speech. The police saw a .22 caliber rifle sitting in the front passenger seat and Shaffer was ordered to get out of the vehicle. Shaffer reportedly staggered and showed signs of impairment exiting the vehicle.
The officer reportedly observed a large bulge in Shaffer’s right front pants pocket, the affidavit said. For safety, the police advised Shaffer they would be conducting a quick pat down for other weapons or objects that could cause injury to ensure safety of all personnel present. During the pat down, a round green rubber container containing a crystalline substance was reportedly found. The substance and the container in which it was packaged was consistent with illegal narcotics, specifically methamphetamine, according to the police report. The police also reportedly found another container containing 8 1/2 small white pills.
Shaffer was then handcuffed with his hands behind his back, the affidavit said. The officer secured the rifle for safety. The vehicle was then secured and Shaffer was transported to the police station.
According to the affidavit, the police said Shaffer agreed to talk to police. He reported that the gun belonged to his grandfather. He also reported that the crystal-like substance was meth.
The affidavit stated that a criminal history was obtained for Shaffer. That history showed Shaffer has a felony manufacture of a controlled substance guilty plea dated March 12, 2002. This guilty plea prohibits Shaffer from possessing a firearm.
The suspected meth and white pills were packaged separately and sealed and then sent by certified mail to the state police crime lab in Erie for drug identification. The results of the testing showed that the crystalline substance weighed 0.08 grams and contained meth, Schedule II. Results of the white tablets confirmed to contain buprenorphine, Schedule III.
Shaffer’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. (Friday) today at Ford’s office.