District Court

BROOKVILLE — A Brookville man has been charged for allegedly dealing pounds of marijuana he would receive through the mail from California.

Christopher Raymond Lee, 35, 225 Tomaski Road, Brookville, is charged by the Jefferson County Drug Task Force with felony counts of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and criminal use of a communication facility, as well as 21 misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Charges were filed Nov. 6 with District Judge Gregory M. Bazylak of Brookville.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Brookville Borough Police Officer Vince Markle was performing a joint investigation with the Office of the Attorney General and U.S. Postal inspectors into the trafficking and sales of marijuana within Jefferson County.

This is when confidential informants would tell police that marijuana was being shipped in parcels into the area from California.

Working with U.S. Postal Inspector Justin Koble, Markle found that several of these packages were being delivered to Lee’s residence in Brookville.

An Oct. 24 stakeout when a package was to be delivered proved to be unsuccessful due to the amount of traffic around the residence from people who seemed to be anticipating the package’s arrival. The stakeout was called off.

Another parcel to Lee from California was intercepted at a Pittsburgh mail facility where a state police drug sniffing K-9 officer made a positive indication on the parcel. It was opened and inspected before being repackaged and delivered.

A search warrant was served at Lee’s residence which netted approximately 2.5 pounds of marijuana, empty boxes from past shipments, clear plastic baggies, a digital scale, and two pipes.

Lee was arraigned Nov. 6 and placed in Jefferson County Jail in lieu of $150,000 cash bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Bazylak’s office in Brookville.

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