OC police charge 2 men in meth case

Staff writer

Two men are facing charges after police allegedly found them in possession of methamphetamine during the execution of a search warrant around 7 a.m. Thursday on Hoffman Avenue in Oil City.

A criminal complaint filed through District Judge Patrick Lowrey’s office said Oil City police were assisting with a search warrant at a residence in the 400 block of Hoffman Avenue when a gray Toyota Scion arrived at the location.

The vehicle contained three men, including passengers Christopher Bain, 24, of Erie, and David Adams, 28, of Oil City, the complaint said.

One of the men was believed to be wanted on outstanding warrants, and all three were removed from the car, the complaint said.

Police spoke with the vehicle owner, who provided consent to search the car, the complaint said. The search returned a briefcase inside a backpack, which contained an unspecified amount of crystal methamphetamine in a plastic bag along with digital scales, the complaint said.

Once the three men were taken into custody, a search of Adams’ person revealed an additional plastic bag that contained residue of an unknown substance and had “420” printed on the outside, the complaint said.

The men were transported to the Oil City police station, where the vehicle owner related that Adams and Bain, whom he did not know, arrived at his house for a ride to the Hoffman Avenue residence, the complaint said.

The man said he was unaware of any controlled substances inside the vehicle and said he never observed either the backpack or briefcase, the complaint said.

Bain and Adams are both facing felony counts of conspiracy and manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, in addition to misdemeanor counts of use/possession of drug paraphernalia and intentional possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered.

They were arraigned before Lowrey and placed in the Venango County jail on $75,000 bail each.

Preliminary hearings are tentatively scheduled for Wednesday in Central Court.