Pair jailed for selling meth out of hotel

Officers from the Warren County Drug Task Force executed search warrants on Tuesday and Wednesday for two rooms and a vehicle at Budget Lodge on Route 6 in Mead Township. As a result, two people were arrested and charged with selling methamphetamine.

A little more than two months after being arrested for selling methamphetamine from a hotel in Warren, a Meadville man and a Warren woman are in jail for selling meth out of a hotel in Mead Township.

Jonathan E. Crowell, 49, of Meadville, and Ashley R. Vickery, 35, of 312 Hazel St., Apt. A, Warren, each face one new count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

According to Warren County Detectives, “We got information that there were two individuals selling methamphetamine out of the Budget Lodge. They were staying in rooms there.”

After investigating, officers of the Warren County Drug Task Force secured search warrants — two for the hotel and one for an involved vehicle. Those warrants were executed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Officers reported finding about 4 ounces of methamphetamine, assorted drug paraphernalia, and cash.

Both Vickery and Crowell were arrested on Tuesday, according to detectives.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Vickery told officers Crowell had placed methamphetamine in her bags and in her room and given her the task of selling the drugs in Warren County.

Crowell told officers there was methamphetamine located “in his room at the Budget Lodge and he and Vickery had “arranged for the distribution of the methamphetamine,” officers said in the affidavit.

In March, Pennsylvania State Police charged Crowell and Vickery each with two counts of possession with intent to deliver, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and criminal use of a communications facility, after a joint investigation with the Warren County Drug Task Force. Vickery was also charged with possession of marijuana — small amount, personal use. According to the affidavit, about 2.5 pounds of methamphetamine were recovered from rooms rented by Crowell at Quality Inn.

They each posted $50,000 bail on those charges and were released.

Vickery and Crowell were arraigned early Wednesday before District Judge Laura Bauer.

Each was taken to Warren County jail Tuesday after failing to post $100,000 bail.


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