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Local man waives charges after allegedly being found with drugs

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Posted: Saturday, March 2, 2019 5:00 am

A Titusville man allegedly found with bags of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana waived his right to a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Amy Nicols, of Titusville, on Thursday, and will face a number of charges in court.

According to Titusville Police, on Jan. 16, Donald John Francis, 52, allegedly was found to be in possession of four individual baggies of cocaine. Francis reportedly told police that this was packaged for sale and not individual use.

Francis also allegedly had a baggie containing methamphetamine, and police did not indicate whether the meth was intended for personal use or for distribution in the criminal complaint. He did, however, allegedly have a small amount of marijuana in the center console of his vehicle that was intended for personal use.

Francis is facing four counts of the use or possession of drug paraphernalia because he reportedly was found in possession of a glass smoking pipe containing meth residue, as well as the baggies which were allegedly holding cocaine, meth and marijuana.

Francis was charged with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, a felony 2 with a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and a $100,000 fine, and a mandatory sentence of at least one year and a $5,000 fine; two charges of intentional possession of a controlled substance, each an ungraded misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of three years and a $25,000 fine; possession of marijuana, an ungraded misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of 30 days imprisonment and a  $500 fine; four counts of the use or possession of drug paraphernalia, each of which is an ungraded misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of one year and a $2,500 fine; and driving the wrong way on a one-way street, a summary violation with a penalty of $25.

If convicted on all charges, Francis could face a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment and fines of $160,525.

Francis was held in the Crawford County prison from Jan. 16 until Thursday, at which point his $75,000 monetary bail was changed to a $75,000 unsecured bail, and he was released.

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