Evans and Bumgarner waive preliminary hearings in drug cases

The preliminary hearings scheduled in front of District Justice Fred Miller for Larry Evans, 42, of 311 17th Street, Tyrone and Rickey Bumgarner, of 600 Warwick Mill Road, Lumberton, N.C., were waived by the defendants to the Blair County Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday.
Evans is facing charges to include: two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, three counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, two counts of criminal use of a communications facility, one count of criminal conspiracy, one count of manufacturing of a controlled substance, all felonies, five misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and three misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
In the two criminal complaints, Evans’ first incident occurred on June 18, 2003.
According to the complaint, state police troopers and a confidential informant met Evans at 9:55 p.m. in Port Matilda. The confidential informant returned to the officers with a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana. During the informant’s conversations with Evans, the accused asked the informant if he gave him a pound of marijuana for $1,500 and asked if he could he get rid of it. The informant said he could. The evidence was taken to the PSP barracks in Philipsburg for testing.
On July 2, police made a second purchase of marijuana from Evans. Both purchases took place within a school zone.
On August 7, state police conducted a trash pull at Evans residence. The trash was taken to the PSP barracks in Hollidaysburg. The items recovered in the search included an account summary of investments made in the name of the accused’s wife, Helen Evans, and a cell phone box. Saran wrap was also found and fingerprints were taken off of the evidence.
On August 14, state police conducted another trash pull. In that pull, troopers discovered marijuana plants among other items.
On October 10, troopers served an arrest warrant on Evans at his home. After being read his Miranda rights, Evans told troopers that he had been involved in selling marijuana since 1995 and has sold between 80 and 100 pounds of marijuana over the past 12 months.
If convicted on all counts, Evans faces 128 years in prison and fines up to $1.8 million.
Evans is free on $80,000 bail for the two complaints until his trial at the Blair County Courthouse.
Bumgarner was picked up by Pennsylvania State Police following a traffic stop for speeding on I-99 in Snyder Township.
During a search of the vehicle, police found 11 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of the vehicle. In addition, above the driver’s side visor was an envelope that contained notations indicating monetary amounts that were owed and paid, consistent with that of drug trafficking. Police also found $689 in cash on his person and Zig-Zag rolling papers in his wallet.
Bumgarner faces felony charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
If convicted of the charges, Bumgarmer faces 17 years in prison and fines up to $257,000.
Bumgarner is free on $25,000 straight bail.
The two accused will make their first appearance in Blair County Court on December 5, 2003.