Local men charged for July heroin deal

A July 21 controlled buy with a confidential informant has landed a Pittsfield man and a Warren man in prison on drug charges.

Tyler Jay Seybert, 19, Pittsfield, and Dustin Lee Campbell, 20, Warren, were charged by Warren County Drug Task Force agents on Tuesday.

Campbell, charged with possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communications facility, was arraigned on Tuesday and placed in the Warren County Jail after he was unable to post $10,000 bail.

Seybert — charged with possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communications facility — was arraigned Wednesday morning and is also in the Warren County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail

Investigators allege in the affidavit of probable cause that they were contacted by the CI on July 21 “regarding the possible purchase of black tar heroin” from Seybert.

Mickle said that black tar heroin isn’t prevalent in this area as local investigators see more heroin in powder form.

Dark in color, black tar heroin has the consistency of sticky tar or hard coal.

The buy, conducted under surveillance, occurred at about 4 p.m. at the Country Fair located on Pennsylvania Avenue East.

An investigator then observed “Seybert and… Campbell approach the CI’s vehicle. (Investigators) observed Seybert get into the front seat of the CI’s vehicle and Campbell get into the passenger side rear of the vehicle,” the affidavit states.

Investigators then followed the CI while the CI drove around the block and parked “in front of the Buchanan Courts. Seybert and Campbell exited the CI’s vehicle and we followed the CI back to the predetermined location.”

The CI then turned over “a clear zip lock baggie” to investigators. “The drugs weighed approximately .7 grams. There were five wax paper stamps each containing a dark brown sticky substance suspected to be black tar heroin.” A test of the substance yielded a positive result for heroin, according to the affidavit.

The CI stated to investigators that they handed the money to Seybert and “Seybert handed $40 of it to Campbell and Seybert handed the illegal drugs to the CI,” the affidavit states.

“They (CI) showed (investigators) several text messages sent from Seybert describing how much Seybert had to sell, the cost of the illegal transaction and a message indicating to the CI that they had better not be late for the transaction.”

Seybert will be in court for a preliminary hearing on December 19 at 9 a.m. while Campbell will go before the judge for a preliminary hearing the following day at 2 p.m.