NY man arrested in Franklin County on drug charges, failure to appear warrant

19 March 2024- A New York man is behind bars in Franklin County after allegedly being found to have warrants for his arrest and drugs on his person. Justin L Furney of Corning, New York is behind bars on $50,000 bail after being charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor marijuana possession, and two misdemeanor counts of drug paraphernalia possession.

Pennsylvania State Police Troopers were dispatched to assist another Trooper with a traffic stop around 2:30am on March 16th. The first initial Trooper was conducting a prisoner transport and could not execute a traffic stop on a vehicle he believed had “failed to maintain a single lane of travel multiple times”. The second group of Troopers eventually were able to stop the vehicle at the Sunoco gas station on Black Gap Road, Greene Township.

The owner of the vehicle was initially responsive to the Troopers and was identified by his New York license as Justin Furney. When asked if there were any drugs in the car, Furney allegedly admitted he had marijuana “in the back”, but did not have a PA medical card. Because of this, he consented to a search of his vehicle.

Troopers say that in Furney’s vehicle they found a glass smoking device and a plastic bag of marijuana. Additionally, Furney’s driver’s license displayed a hit for an active warrant, this time out of Erie County for failure to appear on Felony Retail Theft charges.

Due to these factors, Furney was taken into custody. During a search of his person, PSP say that they found a metal tube with residue and a small plastic bag containing a white powdery substance in his pocket. Furney reportedly admitted to it being heroin, leading to additional charges.

Justin Furney is behind bars in Franklin County and likely facing extradition on the prior retail theft charges.

Sources: Docket Number: MJ-39306-CR-0000050-2024, Incident No.: PA 2024-340209