A Muncy man is facing several drug charges after he allegedly supplied laced heroin to a woman who survived an overdose on September 3rd, 2015.
19-year-old Raymond O. Kontz allegedly sold two bags of heroin to 21-year-old Emily Haller. She overdosed at her family’s Hepburn Township residence located at 1797 Rose Valley Road. As a result of the overdose, Haller had to be on a ventilator for a whole day. After 24 hours, she could breathe on her own. Then, she was released from the hospital.
According to court records, Haller allegedly bought two bags of heroin from Kontz for $20 on September 2nd, 2015. On September 3rd, 2015, police found two packets. One of the packets was half full of heroin, while the other packet contained nothing. According to Sargent Christopher Kriner of the Old Lycoming Township Police Department on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016, Haller is not facing any charges in connection with the incident.
Haller talked with Kontz on the phone on September 8th, 2015, which was five after the heroin overdose which almost killed her. Kontz was living in Williamsport at the the time. According to Kriner, Haller said she would call Kontz while an officer listened to what was being said.
According to Kriner in an affidavit, Kontz told Haller that he “overdosed on the heroin and that he suspected it contained fentanyl (another controlled substance).” According to what Kontz said to Haller during the phone call, the heroin “did not come from his regular source”. Kontz also told Haller that he was getting more heroin and he would be “test[ing] it” prior to selling her more heroin.
Kontz faces the following charges: Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, a felony; Criminal Use Of Communication Facility, a 3rd degree felony; Int Poss Contr Subst By Per Not Reg, a misdemeanor; and Use/Poss Of Drug Paraph, a misdemeanor. The charges were filed in Magisterial District Court 29-3-04. Kontz was arraigned on September 13th in front of Magisterial District Judge William C. Solomon. The judge set his bail at $100,000. Kontz is free on bail. His preliminary hearing is on October 12th, 2016, at 1:00 p.m., also in front of Magisterial District Judge William C. Solomon.
In a separate case, Kontz faces a misdemeanor 1st degree Conspiracy – Retail Theft-Take Mdse charge, as well as a misdemeanor 1st degree Receiving Stolen Property charge. The charges were filed in Magisterial District Court 29-3-03. These charges relate to an alleged incident that took place on June 9th, 2016. Please remember that the accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.