Alleged drug dealer gets in itchy situation

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Alphonso Garland Bell, 25, was arrested at 1 p.m. Sept. 22 at 619 Victoria Drive, off Sherwood Drive, on drug and firearm charges. Pennsylvania State Police, the U.S. Marshall’s Office, and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department were also involved in the arrest and apprehension of a fugitive.

Jeffrey McGough, Jr., 29, Schenectady, NY, was found hiding in the attic after an extensive search of the row house apartment.

Police executed a search warrant and found marijuana, numerous quantities of paraphernalia, and a firearm in the residence. They were seized and Bell was arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver, altering a mark of identification, hindering apprehension, possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was placed in Franklin County Jail and posted $30,000 bail on Sept. 23. He appeared before Magisterial District Judge Todd R. Williams, Chambersburg.

Bell’s home was under investigation by the U.S. Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force. Officers had been watching it, according to published reports, and believed McGough was staying there. Bell allegedly said he did not know where McGough was. The former New York man was wanted since September 2010 on drug charges and since October for a parole violation.

With the search warrant, officers scoured the apartment looking for McGough. The second time through, they saw indications a closet that led to an attic had been used. They sprayed Mace into the space, to no effect. They then used telescopic mirrors and a camera to examine the attic but saw nothing. Finally, three marshalls entered the attic and after about 20 minutes found McGough under fiberglass and spray foam insulation between two ceiling joists.

He was arrested and transported to Harrisburg for his court appearance.