By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer
A former Farrell man who had drugs and paraphernalia in his home when drug agents searched it three years ago pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver.
Edward W. Patterson, 40, was arrested in September in Ohio and returned to Pennsylvania after being a wanted man since charges were filed in May 2011.
Mercer County Drug Task Force said they used an informant to buy heroin three times from Patterson and his wife, Barbara. Mrs. Patterson set up all the sales with the informant by telephone conversation or text message, and they were consummated by her husband, police said.
Patterson sold agents 10 bags of heroin for $200 Feb. 2, 2011, in the 1100 block of Beechwood Avenue, Farrell; 12 envelopes of heroin for $300 Feb. 9, 2011, at their then-home, 1211 French St., Farrell; and 18 envelopes of heroin for $300 March 2, 2011, at their home, police said.
Police said they searched 1211 French on March 4, 2011, and found 48 bags of heroin; about 1.3 ounces of cocaine, a digital scale, a box of bags, $965 and two cell phones.
Mrs. Patterson pleaded guilty Nov. 14, 2012, to a charge of conspiracy to commit possession of cocaine with intent to deliver and was sentenced Jan. 31, 2013, to 5 years’ probation.
The search followed a warning from the Mercer County District Attorney’s Office that a lethal variety of heroin was circulating in the county, resulting in overdoses on the Shenango Valley and the Mercer, Grove City and Greenville areas.