Tidioute man pleads guilty to attempted meth sale

A Tidioute man charged with trying to sell methamphetamine has pled guilty.

Zachary Joshua Rounds, 24, currently incarcerated in the Warren County Jail, also pled guilty to DUI-related charges during arraignment proceedings before Judge Gregory Hammond on Thursday.

At one docket, Rounds pled guilty to criminal attempt to commit possession with intent to deliver.

In exchange for the plea, charges including criminal use of a communications facility, possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit possession with intent to deliver were not prosecuted.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed when Rounds was charged last year, a confidential informant related to Warren County Drug Task Force agents that Rounds was delivering methamphetamine to a known subject at a grocery store parking lot on Warren’s east side.

“The confidential informant indicated these arrangements were made by Rounds via Facebook,” the affidavit states. Rounds was observed by agents arriving with another known male on foot at the grocery store parking lot, the affidavit states.

After Rounds was arrested, agents said that a search resulted in the seizure of “a corner of a clear plastic baggy that contained 2.8 grams of a white crystal substance.” While the substance had the odor and texture of methamphetamine, the affidavit states that “a subsequent field test of the substance was inconclusive.”

In a post-Miranda statement, the affidavit states, Rounds indicated “he was attempting to sell the substance,” which he told agents at the time of his arrest was rock salt, “as methamphetamine and was going to ‘rip off’ the person he was selling it to.”

At an additional docket, Rounds also pled guilty to charges including DUI: Controlled substance – Schedule II or III – first offense, marijuana – small amount personal use, driving an unregistered vehicle, fail to carry registration and turning movements and required signals.

Those charges stem from a May 15 incident when Pennsylvania State Police initiated a traffic stop at Pennsylvania Ave. and Union St. in the City of Warren,

In reading the charges to Rounds, Hammond said that amphetamine and methamphetamine were present in his blood in the wake of that incident.

In exchange for that plea, charges including possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI: Controlled substance – impaired ability – first offense, fraudulent use/removal of registration plate and careless driving were not prosecuted. Four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia were withdrawn last week.

Online court records show that Rounds faces an additional slate of drug charges, which were continued to the next trial term by Hammond earlier this month.