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Investigation uncovers pot-dealing operation on Witherspoon Avenue: Police and Courts Roundup

Posted 5/1/19

A Middletown police drug investigation that had been going on for several months culminated in the arrest of a man at a residence in the first block of Witherspoon Avenue on April 25.

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Investigation uncovers pot-dealing operation on Witherspoon Avenue: Police and Courts Roundup

John William P. Oriordan
John William P. Oriordan
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A Middletown police drug investigation that had been going on for several months culminated in the arrest of a man at a residence in the first block of Witherspoon Avenue on April 25.

Police shortly after 4 p.m. executed a search warrant at the residence, and took into custody 20-year-old John William P. Oriordan.

Oriordan also goes by the alias of “Jack Potts,” according to arrest papers Middletown police filed with District Judge David Judy.

Police in arrest papers said they found “substantial” amounts of marijuana inside the residence, as well as numerous amounts of both packaging materials and drug paraphernalia.

Police also discovered digital scales, including one with marijuana residue on it, and an estimated $1,203.

Police found a “grow operation” on the second floor of the house, complete with a glow lamp, several pot plants in various stages of growth, and several pieces of equipment and materials police said were used to cultivate marijuana.

Police also found a Glock 26 semi-automatic pistol with ammunition, and a switchblade/automatic push-button knife.

Police said Oriordan admitted to selling marijuana and that he did so to support his own drug habit. He admitted to owning the gun and said it was for his protection as a drug dealer, according to police.

Oriordan was arraigned before Night Court District Judge James A. Lenker on April 25, and charged with two felony counts of manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance; one misdemeanor count of making repairs or selling an offensive weapon, and one count of use/possession of drug paraphernalia, also a misdemeanor.

Oriordan was being held on $50,000 unsecured bail, according to online court documents. He has a May 6 preliminary hearing scheduled before Judy.

Woman charged with taking purse

Middletown police are looking for a woman whom police have charged with stealing a purse from inside a residence in the 400 block of Spruce Street between 2 and 3 p.m. April 19.

Police in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy said that Cheyenne Marie Herbster, 20, stole the purse from inside the residence while the victim was sleeping on the sofa.

Police said Herbster is homeless, with her last listed address being in the first block of Oakland Manor in Highspire.

According to police, a woman matching Herbster’s description was seen on surveillance video making a $13.99 purchase from Middletown Pharmacy using a bank debit card from the stolen purse.

Video also showed Herbster making purchases of $3.87 and $16.15 using the stolen card from the Puff Super Value Store at Midtown Plaza, police said.

The victim after awaking and discovering the theft called her bank to stop any further transactions, police said.

Police April 25 filed charges against Herbster of theft by unlawful taking-moveable property, and access device issued to another who did not authorize use.

Charges in Spring Street incident

Middletown police charged a woman with simple assault after responding to a dispute at Nittany Place apartments in the 600 block of Spring Street at about 8:30 p.m. April 25.

Police in arrest papers said Nicole Tiffany Williams, 22, of Nittany Place, put another woman in a rear chokehold during a dispute. The victim then bit Williams in her hand. Neither woman required medical attention, police said.

Williams also was charged with possession of marijuana, after police found a small amount of marijuana in plain view on the coffee table in the apartment.

The victim was also to be charged with possession of marijuana, police said. However, no charges against the victim have been filed.

Williams was arraigned before Judy on April 26 and is scheduled for a May 13 preliminary hearing.

Her bail was set at $10,000 unsecured.