From staff reports
A Franklin couple are facing drug charges after police used a confidential informant to buy drugs from them over the course of several months last year.
Erie state police said in a criminal complaint that between June 20, 2019, and Dec. 17, 2019, police had a confidential informant contact Andre Williams, 49, of Franklin, via phone to make arrangements to buy cocaine from him on four occasions.
The complaint said that on the first three occasions the informant purchased one bag of cocaine from Williams at locations in Sugarcreek and Franklin. Then during the fourth buy on Dec. 17 the informant bought four bags of cocaine from Williams and his girlfriend, Tessa Bradford, 32, according to the complaint.
In another complaint, Erie state police said they found 15 baggies containing a total of 18.7 grams of marijuana and straws with residue from cocaine Bradford said belonged to her when they spoke to her at a house on Gilfillan Street in Rocky Grove on June 2, 2019.
Williams has been charged with four felony counts of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, two felony counts of criminal use of a communication facility, four misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and three misdemeanor counts of use/possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bradford has been charged with a felony count of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver as well as misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance, marijuana-small amount personal use and three misdemeanor counts of use/possession of drug paraphernalia.
The two were arraigned Thursday, and their preliminary hearings are scheduled Wednesday in Venango County Central Court.