ST. MARYS — St. Marys City police filed drug charges against four Elk County residents after they served two search warrants Thursday at two St. Marys properties.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the police and the Attorney General’s North Central Municipal Drug Task Force had been investigating the trafficking of narcotics in Elk County when they heard in August 2017 that 23-year-old John “Johnny” Pistner was dealing heroin.

Police say they were informed that Pistner was selling heroin from multiple locations, including from his mother’s garage at 642 S. Michael St.

As time passed, police became aware that there were other players who were allegedly involved in the operation, including Pistner’s long-term girlfriend 29-year-old Kimberly Gier, who lives at 620 Pontzer Ave. with Pistner and three young children.

Also identified as helping with the distribution is 29-year-old John Gier and 27-year-old Johnna Borrello.

On Thursday, Elk County detective Gregg McManus obtained two search warrants and served the warrants around noon that day at the two houses.

At the South Michael Street home, police say they found 38 bricks of heroin, methamphetamine, individually packaged bags of marijuana, and an assortment of drug paraphernalia. Approximately $14,770 in cash, as well as Pistner, John Gier, and Borrello were also found there.

Police seized all of their cell phones as well as two guns found in the garage.

Police then served a warrant at the Pontzer Avenue apartment where they found Kimberly Gier with her infant child. They also found several bundles of heroin, drug paraphernalia, plastic bags with a white substance inside, and $5,289 in cash.

After the warrants were executed, several interviews were conducted in which police found that Pistner had started to deal heroin on a small scale, which had eventually grown to getting approximately $50,000 worth of heroin at a time and selling it in the Elk County area.

The following charges have been filed against the aforementioned individiuals:

  • John Maurus Pistner, 23, 620 Pontzer Ave., Apt. 1, St. Marys, is charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, conspiracy, dealing in proceeds of unlawful acts, criminal use of a communication facility, three counts of endangering the welfare of children, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was remanded to Elk County Prison in lieu of posting $100,000 cash bail. 2/13 @9:15
  • Kimberly Marie Gier, 29, 620 Pontzer Ave., Apt. 1, St. Marys, is charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, two counts of endangering the welfare of children, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was remanded to Elk County Prison in lieu of posting $30,000 cash bail. 2/13 @9am
  • Johnna Rae Borrello, 27, 117 David St., Kersey, is charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was remanded to Elk County Prison in lieu of posting $30,000 cash bail. 2/13 @9am
  • John Paul Gier, 29, 137 Wehler Road, St. Marys, is charged with is charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was remanded to Elk County Prison in lieu of posting $30,000 cash bail.

Currently, all four defendants are scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing before District Judge Mark Jacob of St. Marys around 9 a.m. Feb. 13.

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