Teen Busted for Allegedly Selling Pot to Plainclothes Cop

Richard James Sholly, 18, of Wedgewood Drive, and another 17-year-old male were taken into custody and charged with felony drug violations after allegedly attempting to sell marijuana to an undercover Lansdale officer

An 18-year-old man from Wedgewood Drive and a 17-year-old juvenile have been charged with felony drug violations after allegedly selling pot to a plainclothes officer on June 5 at Wedgewood Park.

Richard James Sholly, of the 800 block of Wedgewood Drive is charged with the following crimes:

  • Felony Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance
  • Felony Solicitation of Minors to Sell Drugs
  • Misdemeanor Receipt in Commerce 
  • Misdemeanor Corruption of Minors

The 17-year-old boy was charged with:

  • Felony Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance
  • Misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Misdemeanor Possession of Paraphernalia
  • Misdemeanor Receipt in Commerce 

Sholly was arraigned by District Judge Harold Borek, who set bail at 10 percent of $5,000 cash. Sholly posted bail, police said.

Sholly is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on August 23 at 1 p.m. before Borek.

The juvenile was brought before the Montgomery County Juvenile Court on June 6, police said. After a hearing, he was ordered to be detained at a secure facility, police said.

Here's how it went down, according to police:

On Tuesday, June 5, at 2:10 p.m., two Lansdale officers in plainclothes we monitoring activity at Wedgewood Park on the 900 block of Wedgewood Drive.

The officers saw three males on the basketball court. At 2:18 p.m., a male identified as Sholly allegedly asked one of the officers, "Do you want pot?" police said.

The officer answered, "Yes," police said, and Sholly, along with two male juveniles, approached the officer.

A price was agreed upon and Sholly spoke with one of the 17-year-old boys, who then went inside a red Toyota Tercel, police said. The juvenile allegedly removed a baggie of marijuana and handed it to the officer, police said.

The officer handed the juvenile the pre-determined amount of money, police said.

Both officers then identified themselves as police officers, police said.

This is Sholly's first criminal arrest in Montgomery County, according to court records.

Annonymous June 09, 2012 at 07:31 PM
This was a case of guilt by association, this was a $20 sale made by a minor (no one seems to post that.) Poor decision making made by kids.The police should be focusing on real crime in Lansdale instead of hanging around a playground looking to meet a quota by praying on young kids who are easy naive targets. Entrapment in my opinion.
Linda Dutton-DeMarco June 10, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Huff what a joke...Annonymous you hit the nail right on the head!!! They cannot focus on REAL crime, only care about conviction, conviction, convictions...Anyone know how much they make (County) per child per day???? I do!!!! Angel 007 Linda
Robert Willi June 10, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Busy day in Lansdale for our Police. I want to know how it's entrapment when Sholly approached the Officer and asked him if he wanted to "Buy Pot?" Plus how much pot was confiscated? @0 dollars isn't enough to warrant a felony charge. Great Job Lansdale Police!
Matthew Huff June 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM
They do focus on real crime. Narcotics arrests don't happen everyday. Sometime they make arrests on reports of drug deals or they have a organized team of narcotics officers that may go out one night with the backing of investigations leading up to the night and try to make the arrests of the subjects that are selling drugs as it actually happens. Its called police work, they are doing their job just right.
Jen June 11, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Well said Huff


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