By David Mazzenga

dmazzenga@gatehousemedia.com

 

COUNTY—Police arrested fugitive, Connie Lynn McKeeby, 24 of Lake Ariel, on Monday on charges associated with the sale of heroin in southern Wayne County last October.

Wayne County Detective Peter Hower and the Wayne County Drug Task Force led an investigation into heroin sales, culminating in an under cover operation wherein a confidential informant (CI) arranged to purchase heroin from McKeeby and co-defendant Elijah M. Watson, 30, on two separate occasions in the last few weeks of October 2017.

Watson is still on the run.

According to a release from Wayne County District Attorney (DA) Patrick Robinson, McKeeby was taken into custody by the Stroud Regional Police Department on August 6, 2018.

She was charged with nine felonies including three counts of Possession with the Intent to Deliver Heroin, three counts of Conspiracy and three counts of Criminal Use of a Communication Facility.

McKeeby also faces two misdemeanor charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

She was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Linus Myers and sent to the Wayne County Correctional Facility with a $150,000 bail.

Her next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday, August 15 at 9 a.m. in central court.

According the affidavit of probable cause, signed by Hower, the CI contacted McKeeby via Facebook Messenger between October 15 and 23, 2017, and twice more between October 22 and 29, 2017 to arrange the purchase first of two bundles (20 bags) of heroin in Hamlin and then three bundles of the narcotic in Hawley and three more bundles a few days later, again in Hawley.

On the first of these encounters, the CI and Pike County Detective Robinson were met by two males in a Chrysler.

Wayne County Detectives Bendersky and McMorrow, and Pike County Detective Jones were all on surveillance of the area.

The driver was later identified as co-defendant Watson and the passenger is listed in the affidavit as an unidentified white male later referred to as co-defendant John Doe.

The affidavit states, Doe “...provided the CI with a bundle (ten bags) of heroin. The CI provided John Doe with $100 of the pre-recorded U.S. Currency. John Doe stated that he had to get the other bundle from Watson.”

At this point, Watson had exited the vehicle and walked away from the transaction.

“The CI exited the vehicle and got back into Detective Robinson's vehicle,” continues the affidavit.

“John Doe exited the Chrysler and met with Watson. John Doe walked away while Watson got back into the driver's seat of the Chrysler.”

The transaction repeated with Watson as it had for Doe.

The second transaction involved Watson and McKeeby directly.

The detectives asked the CI to call Watson and request another purchase.

McKeeby then directly contacted the CI via Facebook Messenger to negotiate the sale.

With Detective Robinson again driving and surveillance units in place, the CI again met with the dealers.

Walking over to Detective Robinson's car, “McKeeby opened the left rear passenger door and entered the vehicle,” states the affidavit.

“McKeeby delivered the three bundles of heroin to the CI and the CI gave McKeeby the pre-recorded U.S. Currency.”

The defendant then re-entered her initial vehicle and it drove away.

During the third interaction, Detective Bendersky drove the CI to pick up McKeeby in Lakeville before meeting Watson in a parking lot in Hawley.

The transaction completed with McKeeby acting as a go-between for the money and drugs before she entered Watson's car and the two drove away.

Before and after all instances, the CI was taken to a secure location and thoroughly searched for contraband.

After the transactions, all the heroin was collected and sent to the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

Police are still searching for Watson. Anyone who may have information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call the Wayne County District Attorney's Office at 570-253-5970 ext. 2255.

According to the DA's release, all calls will remain confidential.