The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 17, 2013

Snyder County prosecutor wants to jail former student

By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item

— MIDDLEBURG — Snyder County District Attorney Michael Piecuch filed a motion Tuesday to revoke the $200,000 bail of a former Susquehanna University student facing felony drug charges after learning the 23-year-old was recently charged with cocaine possession in New York.

Joseph E. Smith, of Floral Park, N.Y., was attending the Selinsgrove university on Jan. 23, 2012, when campus security was alerted to a suspicious odor in his dorm room. Smith allegedly allowed the security officers inside his room and then fled.

Inside the room, officers said they found 48 grams of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, psychedelic mushrooms and prescription pills.

Felony and misdemeanor drug and drug paraphernalia charges were filed against Smith and a warrant was issued for his arrest when he failed to appear before a Snyder County district judge several months later.

Smith was eventually arrested on the warrant and returned to the Valley in mid-March after waiving extradition from New York.

He was briefly held in Snyder County Prison before posting $200,000 bail. According to court records, he is scheduled to appear at a formal arraignment in county court Monday morning.

Meanwhile, Piecuch said he was notified of Smith’s recent scrape with the law in Southampton, N.Y. After confirming with officials in New York that Smith was charged in late May with possession of a controlled substance after being caught with cocaine, Piecuch on Tuesday filed the motion to revoke bail and return him to Snyder County to await trial.