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Upper Hanover Trio Faces Drug-related Charges
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            Three people wanted on drug charges in a Bucks County borough were arrested last week at their home in Upper Hanover. Officers from Quakertown and members of the state police filed 24 criminal counts each against Christopher Edward Huck, 48, Michele Lee Chandler, 46, and Michelle Sturgeon, 47, all with an identical address in the 1400 block of Route 663, after serving a search warrant Nov. 23 at the residence.

            Joshua Mallery, a sergeant with the Quakertown Borough Police Department, and Trooper Shawn McCormick filed eight felony counts each – including four for illegal possession and four related conspiracy charges, along with 16 misdemeanors – against all three defendants in the Richland Township court of District Judge Lisa Gaier.

            The charges stem from an undercover narcotics operation during the week of Oct. 16 in Sellersville. Law enforcement officials conducted a controlled buy of methamphetamine at a location in the 300 block of South Main Street. A subject, using currency provided by an undercover officer, purchased the drug from a woman driving a white Pontiac Sedan owned and operated by Chandler, according to the police criminal complaint filed in Gaier's court.

            Two weeks later, another subject requested a ride to the residence located between Northgate Boulevard and Geryville Pike. He entered the home with prerecorded currency and allegedly exited a short time later with a baggie of suspected methamphetamine. The undercover officer also identified Chandler's sedan parked in the driveway at the residence, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

             During the week of Nov. 20, the undercover officer drove the same subject back to the residence, where he encountered Chandler in the front yard near her car. She allegedly went into to the house and delivered a double clear plastic baggie of suspected methamphetamine.

            On Nov. 22, Red Hill District Justice Maureen Coggins issued a search warrant for the two-story structure. Law enforcement officials served it at 6:02 a.m. the following day, with an assist from the Richland Township Police Department. They claim to have discovered Huck in a front downstairs bedroom, as well as drug paraphernalia, including baggies and smoking devices.

            Authorities discovered Sturgeon and Chandler occupying a second floor bedroom. They also claim to have located a clear plastic baggie containing suspected methamphetamine, digital scales with suspected methamphetamine residue and use paraphernalia. In an adjacent vacant bedroom, police claim to have discovered a digital scale and suspected methamphetamine on a mirror, according to the legal document.

            Sturgeon allegedly admitted to selling methamphetamine for approximately one year, but gambled most of her money away. Huck told police he knows Sturgeon and Chandler sell methamphetamine from his house. He said he allows it because he gets free methamphetamine to use, according to court records.

            All three defendants were arraigned at the same time by District Judge Regina Armitage later on Nov. 23. They were each remanded to Bucks County prison, according to information posted on a state judicial website.

            Armitage set bail in the case against Huck at 10 percent of $100,000 monetary. Chandler and Sturgeon each received a bail of 10 percent of $50,000 monetary. A preliminary hearing for all three defendants, before Gaier, has been scheduled for 1 p.m. on Dec. 8.







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