Two Face Drug Charges

Two face drug charges from Shenandoah Police.

Thomas Cooney was arrested after police received information that he was inside a residence located at 330 West Chester St. Cooney was wanted on outstanding warrants for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and drug possession.

Officers arrived on scene and could see Cooney through a window with another male later identified as John Via. As officers entered the home to apprehend Cooney, he and Via attempted to run upstairs to conealthemselves. Officers ordered to Cooney to stop and was taken into custody.

Upon searching Cooney, officers discovered that Cooney was in possession of several articles of drug paraphernalia.

Officers questioned the homeowner, Jill Kostowskie, about the other male that was with Cooney. She indicated she did not know who he was and allowed officers to search the home for him.

In a second floor bedroom officers located Via hiding underneath a bed. Officers ordered Via out from underneath the bed and in the process observed a hypodermic needle lying on the floor near Via’s hip. Officers questioned Via about his identity to which he provided false information. When Via’s identity was confirmed, he stated he provided the false information because he thought he had warrants.

Cooney was locked up in Schuylkill County Prison for his outstanding warrants. Charges have been filed against both men for being in possession of drug paraphernalia. Via is also being charged with false identification to law enforcement.

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