While missing Lansdale resident Joseph Sarni, 38, has yet to be found, Lansdale Police have issued an arrest warrant in his absence charging him with felony and misdemeanor drug possession and dealing offenses.
Lansdale Police released the following statement following the issuance of the arrest warrant:
A number of our officers know Joe through the local businesses he worked for. Though an arrest warrant has been issued, our primary focus is to continue to investigate Joe’s recent disappearance and ensure his safe return.
- Felony Possession with Intent To Deliver a Controlled Substance
- Four counts of Misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance
- Misdemeanor Possession With Intent To Use Drug Paraphernalia
- Misdemeanor Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana
- Misdemeanor Receipt in Commerce
In June 2012, Lansdale Police received information that Sarni was allegedly selling cocaine, marijuana and narcotics in the borough, police said.
Police made controlled buys of cocaine and Suboxone from Sarni, police said.
As a result of those purchases, a search warrant was issued for Sarni's apartment on the 500 block of Walnut Street, police said.
Police served the search warrant on June 29.
Seized in Sarni's apartment were drugs and paraphernalia, police said, including cocaine and Suboxone. All drugs were analyzed by an independent laboratory, police said.
Soboxone is a controlled substance that is used for the treatment of people addicted to opiates like heroin and painkillers.
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