Man wanted for hit-and-run found with 100 bags of meth

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Jenna Wise
The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, Pa.

A Lancaster County man wanted on hit-and-run and drug delivery charges was found in a local department store with more than a hundred bags of drugs and a large amount of cash, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Police were called Sunday afternoon to a department store in the East Towne Mall in East Lampeter Township because of John Gillenwater, who was wanted by state and local authorities for charges across multiple counties.

The 38-year-old Narvon resident was found with about 100 bags of methamphetamine, individual bags of heroin, cash and drug paraphernalia, according to a state police report.

Gillenwater also broke probation and missed a court appearance, in addition to the above offenses, state police said.

He was taken into custody Sunday after attempting to flee and resisting arrest. No one was injured in the confrontation, state police said.

Gillenwater was charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance for heroin and methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

He was arraigned and taken to Lancaster County Prison after failing to post $15,000 bail. He’s also awaiting extradition to Berks and Chester counties for some of the other charges.

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