Daniel E. Frey, 22, of the first block of Robarts Drive, Phoenixville, faces two additional counts of possession of a controlled substance; possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver; along with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia after Chester County Detectives and Phoenixville Police executed a search warrant at his parents' residence on Dec. 31.
Frey, along with his brother, William Frey, 25, of the first block of Robarts Drive, Phoenixville, and Richard John Masters, 21, of the 100 block of Ferry Lane, Valley Forge, were in district court Tuesday morning for a preliminary hearing that was previously continued from Jan. 6.
Masters waived his preliminary hearing before District Justice Stanley Scott in Lionville, while due to the additional charges, both Freys had their preliminary hearings continued to March 2.
On Dec. 31, at 1:39 a.m., West Pikeland Police Cpl. Wayne O'Connell pulled over the three men while they were traveling in a blue Honda Accord in front of the Montgomery School during a routine traffic stop. After detecting a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle, O'Connell observed in plain view several large bags that field-tested positively for marijuana.
During a search of Daniel Frey, O'Connell discovered a small glass pipe containing burn residue, several bundles of dollar bills, totaling $7,500, a clear plastic bag containing 20 yellow tablets labeled 'Percocet,' a pill bottle with 29 small blue tablets with the number '30' stamped on them, a clear plastic bag containing three small vials and one large vial of suspected THC.
Both William Frey and Masters were removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest. While searching Masters, O'Connell discovered four small clear plastic bags field-tested positive for marijuana.
The Uwchlan Township Police Department K-9 Division conducted an interior search of the vehicle and found four large bags of a green leafy substance, along with a digital scale, 124 clear plastic sandwich bags, and a black back pack, containing a large bag containing a green leafy substance, and a small clear plastic bag containing seven smaller plastic bags with a green leafy substance. All of the bags containing a green leafy substance were field tested and were positive for the presence of marijuana.
While all three men were in custody, a joint investigation between the West Pikeland Police, Phoenixville Police, and Chester County Detectives was conducted and a search warrant was obtained and executed at the Frey residence. Phoenixville Police Officer Michael Barrett and his K-9, "Matrix," were used during the search of the residence.
As a result of the search, Chester County Detective Louis M. Marcelli said they recovered several bags containing marijuana, a digital scale, packaging material, numerous empty vials, a safe containing in excess of $17,000 in cash and several empty pill bottles labeled Oxycontin, several pill bottles apparently containing Oxycontin and a cigar box containing assorted drug paraphernalia.
Pennsylvania State Police tests confirmed 353.6 grams of marijuana and determined that the "Oxycontin" pills were in fact a total of 38.3 grams of Oxycodone, an opium derivative, said Marcelli.
"The findings in Daniel Frey's room led to the additional charges being filed," said Marcelli. "We were waiting for the test results to come back from the Pennsylvania State Police Lab."
All three men are charged with possession of a controlled substance; possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver; possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia; and criminal conspiracy to manufacture, deliver and possession with intent to deliver drug paraphernalia.
Daniel Frey remains in Chester County Prison on $25,000 cash bail on the original charges; and 10 percent of $25,000 on the additional charges.
William Frey was released Tuesday morning on 10 percent of $10,000 cash bail. Richard Masters is free on $5,000 unsecured bail.