Aug 17, 2012

Seized drug unusual for this area

Hanover-area man charged with possessing capsules of "scramble," a form of crack cocaine containing heroin.


The Evening

Posted: 08/16/2012 08:54:24 PM EDT

RYAN HOY (Submitted)

A Hanover-area man police say was dealing a form of crack cocaine was arrested for driving under the influence and now faces charges including two felony counts of intent to deliver a controlled substance, after dozens of capsules of the drug were found in his vehicle, police said.

Ryan Matthew Hoy, 24, of the 600 block of Baltimore Street, was arrested after he failed several sobriety tests following a traffic stop on Baltimore Pike around 3:15 p.m. on July 28, according to a release from West Mannheim Township Police. A subsequent vehicle search revealed 32 capsules of "scramble," a form of crack cocaine unusual for this area, police said.

According to documents obtained through Magisterial District Judge James Miner, West Manheim police stopped Hoy in the 1500 block of Baltimore Pike after two 911 callers reported his GMC sport-utility vehicle was moving erratically, nearly striking several vehicles head-on.

Hoy appeared disoriented and had watery eyes, and the officer observed a torn plastic baggie consistent with drug packaging on the floor mat, police said. He failed three of four field sobriety tests, and was placed under arrest after police said he admitted to injecting scramble about three hours earlier.

Police said a subsequent vehicle search revealed 19 full capsules and 13 empty capsules of scramble, a drug cocktail and form of crack made up of low-purity heroin mixed with cocaine. Police also found a syringe, a metal police-style baton and a cell phone that went off repeatedly during the arrest.

Police obtained a warrant and eventually seized the materials, including the cell phone, which police say contained multiple text messages related to drug sales and described quantities, prices and transaction locations.

"I got a bunch of scrabble u wanna do a little trade," one read, according to police.

Hoy is charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal use of communication facility, possession of a prohibited offensive weapon and driving under the influence, police said. The two counts of possession with intent to deliver, as well as the two counts of criminal use of communication facility, are all graded as felonies.

He was arraigned in front of Judge Miner and bail was set at $50,000. He is currently being held at York County prison.

West Manheim Chief Tim Hippensteel said the scramble drug cocktail is uncommon in this area. He could recall only one other local case, from about a year ago, adding the recent bust was an important discovery.

"He (Hoy) appears to be a rather large distributor in the area," the chief said.


"Media articles re-printed with permission from Evening Sun, York Dispatch."