The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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July 15, 2013

Lovesick ex-officer to face jury next week

SUNBURY — A former Bloomsburg University and Sunbury police officer who is accused of assisting in the transportation of drugs appeared in Northumberland County Court on Monday during jury selection for his trial next week.

Christopher Chilcote, 34, of Danville, listened as jury selection began in what is scheduled to be a two-day trial.

Chilcote was arrested in 2011 after District Attorney Anthony Rosini said he was assisting in transporting cocaine and other drugs from Maryland.

Chilcote worked in Sunbury until the fall of 2009, Police Chief Steve Mazzeo has said, and Chilcote has not been actively involved with the department since 2009. He officially severed ties with the Sunbury department in May 2010.

The former officer reportedly told police that he became entangled in the criminal enterprise because of his love life, according to court documents.

Chilcote was arrested in August 2011 after a 17-month investigation that started when Point Township police began watching Robert Reichner, of Northumberland, court documents said.

Information was compiled indicating that Reichner was traveling to Baltimore to purchase cocaine to distribute throughout the Valley, court documents said.

Further investigation revealed that several other people, including Chilcote, helped Reichner transport the drugs, police alleged.

Chilcote’s girlfriend, Jamie VonBlohn, of Danville, was also arrested in connection with the drug ring, and they both were sent to the Northumberland County Prison in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.

Chilcote posted the $100,000 and has been free since. VonBlohn’s bail was reduced to $15,000 and was posted.

Chilcote and VonBlohn have been charged with drug-related offenses, including corrupt organization and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.

Chilcote told police he was paid to drive Reichner, VonBlohn’s brother, to Maryland, where sometimes as much as $10,000 worth of cocaine was purchased, court documents said.

Chilcote said he was afraid to come to police because they wouldn’t believe he was not part of the organization, he was just in love with VonBlohn, police documents said.

Chilcote told police he was jealous and whenever he told VonBlohn to avoid drugs, she would tell him she was going to use them anyway, so if he didn’t want to see her get hurt, he had two choices, he could leave VonBlohn or he could be around her so he could watch her, documents said.

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