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Four face drug charges in separate cases

Hearing an infant crying for more than 15 minutes in a Loyalsock Township motel room on the afternoon of Oct. 6, staff members at the establishment knocked on the door and yelled for several minutes in an attempt to get someone to answer the door, but no one did, state police said. The motel’s manager finally kicked in the door only to see from the doorway an unconscious man on the bed, prompting an immediate call to police.

When a state trooper entered a Loyalsock Township motel room, both Drew Barasky, 28, and Audrey Hines, 24, were found unconscious on a bed, according to an affidavit. The trooper had to yell and shake the two before they “gained consciousness,” the court document said. Located on a second bed was a live infant “with a blanket covering her face,” police said, adding that a toddler had left the motel room and walked into the hallway before they arrived.

In the bathroom were four plastic bags of suspected heroin-fentanyl, “three of them being tied and one open,” court records stated.

Baraskey, of Irving, Texas, but staying with Hines in the city at 405 Brandon Ave., admitted that the drugs and the paraphernalia in the bathroom were his, the affidavit stated. A search warrant for the room was approved, resulting in authorities seizing additional heroin-fentanyl and paraphernalia, police said. The county’s Children and Youth Department responded and placed the children in protective custody with a relative.

Baraskey has been charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, recklessly endangering, possession of drug paraphernalia, endangering the welfare of children and corrupting the morals of a minor. Hines was charged with endangering the welfare of children and corrupting the morals of a minor. The two have since waived their preliminary hearings before District Judge Gary Whiteman and are free on bail.

In another case, Christina Bradley, 39, of 1826 Frederick Ave., has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after a “large quantity of various drugs were discovered in plain view in her motel room” in Loyalsock Township on April 30, 2021, when she collapsed on the floor in the room, state police said in an affidavit. She has since waived her preliminary hearing and is free on $5,000 bail.

In another case, Samantha Lee Beatty, 41, of 1745 Lincoln Drive, faces charges of possession of methamphetamines and possession of drug paraphernalia after drugs were found in her home on March 6 when state troopers were called to the property, according to an affidavit. Police said they were called to investigate Beatty’s alleged drug use during a domestic disturbance. She is free on $5,000 bail.

In another case, a bench warrant was expected to be filed after Kenneth Swank, 40, of 634 Sixth Ave., after he failed to appear for his recent preliminary hearing on Tiadaghton Valley Regional police charges of possessing suspected crystal methamphetamines and possessing drug paraphernalia at Route 287 and Plank Road in Piatt Township on Jan. 26.

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