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Drug arrest made in Clearfield
Friday, February 22, 2013
Clearfield County District Attorney William A. Shaw Jr. announced that charges have been filed against a Clearfield County woman, Brianna Wood-Kifer, 32, of Clearfield-Woodland Highway, Clearfield.
Yesterday, Agent Jonathan Vesnesky of the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, filed a criminal complaint charging Wood-Kifer with possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, four counts, and criminal use of a communication facility, three counts.
An affidavit of probable cause filed with the complaint provides that in February 2013, the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General and the Clearfield County Drug Task Force began an investigation in the sale of narcotics from a Clearfield residence.
On Feb. 13, 2013, an undercover agent purchased $100 worth of cocaine from Wood-Kifer inside her residence on Clearfield-Woodland Highway. Additional purchases of controlled substances were arranged with Wood-Kifer via text messages on her cell phone. The affidavit further alleges that on Tuesday, an undercover agent purchased $100 worth of cocaine and ecstasy/MDMA from Wood-Kifer inside her residence.
She was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Jerome M. Nevling and bail was established at $50,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.
Shaw stated that a search warrant was executed on Wood-Kifer's residence and additional charges are anticipated in the near future. Shaw also noted that a 3-year-old and 10-year-old child were located in the residence when the search warrant was executed and Wood-Kifer was taken into custody. Shaw stated that the children were placed in protective custody by officers from Clearfield County Children, Youth and Family Services.
Shaw reported that drug investigations in the area are ongoing and no drug dealer is safe from prosecution. Shaw stated that "we receive tips on a regular basis reporting illegal drug activity and it is safe to say that we know who the drug dealers are and that we are doing our very best to prosecute them."
Shaw stated that this investigation is ongoing and future arrests are anticipated.
Shaw noted that tips were received about this particular situation that enabled officers to conduct a comprehensive investigation and file criminal charges. Shaw said that "he was proud of the officers working on the case." He stated "these fine officers dedicated countless hours to surveillance and investigation and it worked."
Shaw thanked Attorney General Kathleen Kane and the Attorney General's Office, along with officers from the Clearfield County Drug Task Force for their assistance with this case. Shaw also thanked officers from Clearfield County CYS for their quick response and assistance handling a difficult situation.
Anyone with knowledge of a crime is asked to call Clearfield County Crimestoppers at 1-800-376-4700. All calls to Crimestoppers are confidential.
Anonymous tips can also be submitted by visiting the Clearfield County District Attorney website at www.ClearfieldDA.org and selecting "Report A Crime."
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