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Four arrested in Gallitzin bath salts bust

Drugs, guns and cash seized

By: Marc Stempka

GALLITZIN, Pa. -- Authorities in Cambria County said cash, drugs and guns were seized from a home, leading to the arrests of four people.

Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan said authorizes raided the home of Patrick Healy, 55, of 818 Church St., Gallitzin, on Wednesday, finding the cash and drugs.

Police said $20,000 in cash, two pounds of marijuana and 150 grams of bath salts were found at Healys home. The marijuana had a street value of $9,000 and the bath salts, $15,000.

Callihan said Healy, along with Denise Hofer, 40, of Patton, Frank Kratzer, 34, of Altoona, and Ryan Wendt, 29, of Duncansville, were arrested and each faces charges for conspiracy, delivery and possession with intent to distribute bath salts in connection to the investigation.

Callihan said Hofer, Kratzer and Wendt were set to deliver bath salts to an undercover informant with the Cambria County Drug Task Force, resulting in their arrests.

Through that investigation, it was determined that the three got the bath salts from Healy, authorities said.

Police said Healys home was searched and in addition to the drugs, several firearms and drug paraphernalia were also found.

The four were arraigned on their charges, Callihan said. Hofer and Kratzer are in the Cambria County Prison on $50,000 and $25,000 bond, respectively. Healy is free on $50,000 bond and Wendt is free on $5,000 bond.

Court records show the four are scheduled to appear for preliminary hearings on Dec. 23.

The Cambria County Drug Task Force, FBI and Portage Police Department collaborated for the investigation.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times