2 facing more charges related to heroin bust

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From staff reports

Two people are facing additional drug charges in connection with an Oil City heroin bust last month.

A criminal complaint filed through district judge Andrew Fish’s office said Oil City police discovered both through interviews with confidential sources and recorded phone calls at the Venango County jail that James Word, 33, of Detroit, and Stephanie Harris, 32, of Oil City, were communicating through third party calls.

The pair had previously been arrested and placed in jail after police found Harris transporting Word in a vehicle. Police said Word had been traveling from Detroit to Oil City to sell drugs and firearms, and he was found in possession of 22 grams of heroin and related drug paraphernalia.

Word and Harris were using the third party calls to update one another on the police investigation and to discuss other arrests and their conspiracy regarding the case, the complaint said.

Police found additional information that a bag containing controlled substances that belonged to Word was to be located at Harris’ residence at 307 Plummer St., the complaint said.

Police obtained a search warrant for the home and located the bag. It contained 9.9 grams of crack cocaine and heroin and a box of plastic baggies, the complaint said.

The bag was located in the living room where Harris’ children could have access to its contents, the complaint said.

Harris is facing felony counts of conspiracy-manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, two counts of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver and one count of endangering welfare of children. She is also facing two misdemeanor counts of intentional possession of controlled substances and one count of use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Word is facing felony counts of conspiracy-manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver and manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, in addition to two misdemeanor counts of possession of controlled substances and one count of use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Harris remains in the Venango County jail on $75,000 bail.

Word remains lodged in the Venango County jail. Bail has been denied as he is on probation in Michigan on prior drug charges, and he is considered a flight risk, according to online court documents.

Preliminary hearings are tentatively scheduled for Wednesday in Central Court.