Thursday, June 10, 2021

Wanted Man Facing Firearm and Drug Charges After Refusing to Leave Hotel Room in Pottsville

A Lebanon County man, that had an arrest warrant, was taken into custody and will face additional charges after refusing to leave a hotel room in Pottsville.

According to Pottsville Police, on June 5th, 2021 at 9:10pm, officers were dispatched to the Ramada Inn, 100 South Progress Avenue, for a report of an unwanted person.

On scene staff told officers that Andrew Raymond Whalen, 36, of Jonestown, refused to leave a room for which he was no longer paying. 

Further investigation by officers showed that Whalen had an outstanding arrest warrant issued but not served by the Schuylkill County Detectives. 

Contact was made with Whalen and he was taken into custody. 

During a search incident to arrest, Police seized a Taurus 9mm handgun with an altered serial number. The firearm contained a magazine with 7 live rounds. Police also discovered a glass vile containing a crystal substance, a baggie of green vegetable matter, 2 glass smoking pipes with burnt residue, an empty 9mm magazine, a small vile of an unknown liquid, and 5 syringes.

A Criminal History check was conducted on Whalen and investigators learned that he was a Felon prohibited from legally possessing a firearm. The crystal substance was field tested and showed a positive presence for Methamphetamine (Schedule II) and the vegetable matter was confirmed for a positive presence of THC – Marijuana (Schedule I).

A Criminal Complaint was completed by Ptlm Stephen Delinko charging Whalen with the felony offense of Felony Person Not To Possess, Use, Manufacture, Control, Sell, or Transfer Firearms, Felony Possession of Firearm With Altered Manufacturer’s Number, and Firearms Not To Be Carried Without A License; misdemeanor counts of Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Small Amount of Marijuana, and two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Whalen was arraigned on the aforementioned charges by MDJ Rossi who set bail at $75,000 which Whalen was unable to post. He was then placed into the custody of the Schuylkill County Prison.