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Major Clearfield Area Drug Dealer Removes Ankle Bracelet, Disappears

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Major Clearfield Area Drug Dealer Removes Ankle Bracelet, Disappears

 
 

CLEARFIELD – A Clearfield man accused of being a major drug dealer in the area removed his ankle bracelet and disappeared last week.

Daniel Robert Peteuil, 44, is scheduled to go to trial in two drug cases on Monday.

During a hearing Thursday, Deputy Attorney General Dave Gorman asked President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman to go ahead with the trial.

A probation officer, Tim Ryen, testified that last week Peteuil, who was on supervised bail since August, had permission to go to Pittsburgh for an appointment at a hospital.

While in Pittsburgh, the GPS on his ankle bracelet showed that he was at the hospital before he went to a residence and then to a bus stop where the unit stayed until the early-morning hours of the next day when it pinged as being at a recycling center. Eventually it went dead.

Ryen stated that it appears Peteuil removed the device and placed it into a trash can where it was later picked up by a garbage company.

When Ryen contacted Peteuil’s father, he said he had no idea what had happened to him but said he would let authorities know if his son contacted him.

A check on the appointment at the hospital revealed that it was intended to be a teleconference and not an in-person appointment. “He lied to me,” Ryen stated.

Gorman noted that Peteuil was on hand for the jury selection process in October and aware of the trial dates. He made a motion to hold the trial in absentia.

Peteuil’s attorney, Brian Jones, had no objection to this.

Ammerman granted the motion to hold the trial regardless of whether Peteuil attends or not, and to revoke his bail.

 

If anyone knows the whereabouts of Peteuil, they should contact the Clearfield County Sheriff’s Department.

Peteuil is charged with three counts of possession of firearm prohibited, dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, and five counts of manufacture/delivery/possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, all felonies, plus five misdemeanor counts of intentional possession of a controlled substance, one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia, one misdemeanor count of sell controlled substance without known trademark and two summaries, in one case and two counts of manufacture/delivery/possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, three counts of conspiracy, dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities and criminal use of communication facilities, all felonies.

The charges in the first case stem from an incident on June 6, 2019 in DuBois when Peteuil was pulled over by police for having tinted windows.

After it was determined he was on state parole and not allowed to be in DuBois, authorities were contacted and when a parole officer arrived, she searched the vehicle where she found a large amount of cash in the center console along with a loaded pistol. Peteuil is not permitted to possess a firearm because he is a convicted felon.

He was taken into custody.

Investigators later found over $45,000 in cash, two more pistols, ammunition and various drugs including 238.41 grams of cocaine, 349 grams of heroin, 58.32 grams of methamphetamine and over a pound of marijuana in the vehicle, according to the report.

The second case was filed after grand jury testimony in June of 2020 regarding drug activity including heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana, methamphetamine, Fentanyl, cocaine, Suboxone and psychedelic mushrooms “under the leadership of Daniel Peteuil.”

According to the grand jury, in addition to all the items discovered in the traffic stop in June of 2019, investigators found a receipt reflecting a payment of $1,500 to a local attorney for providing services to an associate of Peteuil, Jonathan Morales, who had been arrested after a traffic stop on May 16, 2019.

Police seized 56.57 grams of methamphetamine, 665 stamp bags of heroin, marijuana and other drugs from Morales. They also uncovered over $9,000 in cash.

Morales told police the drugs had been placed in his vehicle by Peteuil.

Confidential informants testified before the grand jury that they bought quantities of drugs from Peteuil.

One of these informants stated that they believed “Peteuil was the main drug dealer of drugs in the Clearfield County area.”

The trial is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Monday morning and last three days.                                                                                                                                                                      https://gantdaily.com/2021/01/14/major-clearfield-area-drug-dealer-removes-ankle-bracelet-disappears/

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Guest Hombrey

Why would anyone take the word of a criminal and not do a follow up with the hospital before giving the OK to go to Pittsburgh.

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28 minutes ago, buschpounder said:

A check on the appointment at the hospital revealed that it was intended to be a teleconference and not an in-person appointment. “He lied to me,” Ryen stated.

 

Now there's A big surprise.

Busch,

Damned you beat me to it.  Mr. Ryen must be new at this. Imagine, a criminal with that background lying to anyone.

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The guy knows he is headed for jail and made a break for it.  When they catch him its just gonna be that much worse.  And he will surface in time.  I can't believe that the so called appointment wasn't checked for authenticity beforehand!  I think there is an overload of cases and things just get sluffed over sometimes!


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2 hours ago, BillyC said:

Wow. Anyone must be able to become a probation officer. Common sense is not required.

Those guys carry a huge caseload and can't possibly check on every detail of every probationer.  Try doing as much as they do with as little resources as they have and see if you would be so quick to judge.

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7 minutes ago, Muttly said:

Those guys carry a huge caseload and can't possibly check on every detail of every probationer.  Try doing as much as they do with as little resources as they have and see if you would be so quick to judge.

I'm sorry,  he failed at his job.  I'm really tired of the I don't have the resources or time so I guess ill just not worry about it.  DO YOUR JOB

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19 minutes ago, DS58 said:

I'm sorry,  he failed at his job.  I'm really tired of the I don't have the resources or time so I guess ill just not worry about it.  DO YOUR JOB

Then do that job better.  Or at least do more than complain.

 

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1 hour ago, Muttly said:

Then do that job better.  Or at least do more than complain.

 

C'mon. Common sense is what i'm talking about. These druggies will do whatever they can to do or say to convince someone to think they are sincere in their actions. Their looking for whatever way they can get away. What do you think this deadbeat is doing now? Hiding? Probably not. Got other people now out there selling and doing drugs drugs trying to protect him.  


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3 minutes ago, Keyser Soze said:

They need to get these trials done faster. No need for the drug dealers to be out on bail for so long. 

Could be he was working for the police to get to someone higher up. 

Then why lie and cut the monitor bracelet off? However i do agree to get the trails done quicker.


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4 minutes ago, buschpounder said:

Covid has put the brakes on an already slow court system.

Yes it has. Good deal for all the criminals. Unfortunately. Jails and prisons are full so they're letting people out.


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Guest Larry

They low ball the bail, knowing that every one of these people will run, then they keep the money. It's not about putting criminals in prison, it's about making money. This is why that county is being overrun by crime. 

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3 hours ago, Muttly said:

Then do that job better.  Or at least do more than complain.

 

Mr.Ryen??? Lmao just kidding. But I may think u have something to do with authority to get this upset about the truth. The guy should have done his job and checked this before saying ok... Common sense says do your job and do it right...

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Guest Larry

In just about every other county in the nation, a person arrested with that quantity of drugs and weapons, is held without bond, or the bond is set at a minimum of 250,000 dollars.  It's unheard of for anyone of that status to be put on an ankle bracelet.

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Guest Larry

Who gets an ankle bracelet after they've been arrested with huge amounts of drugs and weapons? 

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Judge Declares Mistrial in Peteuil’s Drug Cases

 
 

CLEARFIELD – A mistrial was declared by Clearfield County President Judge Fredric Ammerman on Monday in the two cases against a suspected area drug dealer, Daniel Robert Peteuil, 44.

Following an approximate half-hour delay, Ammerman said the court had run into some issues with the jury panel. First, he said alternate juror no. 1 indicated she knew Peteuil during jury selection this past fall.

He said though she “finally” expressed she could be fair and impartial, he still believed she’d be struck from the jury pool. However, he said she was selected and had since written the court asking to be excused.

In a letter dated Dec. 30, Ammerman said she wrote that she knew Peteuil and the more she thought about the trial, the more she became worried and uncomfortable. Ammerman said he excused her as well as juror 10 who contacted the court and indicated that he’d recently been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.

Then, on Friday, he said jurors were being contacted by court staff and reminded of the trial. He said juror 7 mentioned she’d seen an article on GANT News regarding Peteuil having disappeared.

Ammerman said the article gave an extensive, factual account of the case, and that if it was seen by juror 7, it was most likely seen by at least a few others.

He said it detailed all the drugs and amounts Peteuil was found in possession of, and how a confidential informant called him one of the “main drug dealers in the Clearfield County area.”

“It was published so close to trial, and everything is right there including a big picture of Mr. Peteuil,” Ammerman said. While GANT News has “every right” to publish the article, he did believe it was “ill-advised.”

He said normally, local media pick up stories when charges are filed, again following the preliminary hearing and it’s usually pretty “dead” until cases go to trial unless there’s a pre-trial motion.

When Ammerman brought juror 7 into the courtroom, she said she just “skimmed” the article. She only recalled that Peteuil was to be at an appointment in Pittsburgh, cut his ankle bracelet, took off and was now “MIA.”

She said she didn’t recall instructions given at jury selection to not view any media coverage of the case. When asked, she said she hadn’t drawn any conclusions from the article and could serve as a fair and impartial.

Both Senior Deputy Attorney General Dave Gorman and Peteuil’s court-appointed defense attorney Brian Jones agreed.

Jones said he was aware of the article, and that all the information was public record. He said Clearfield County has some cases that get much broader media coverage; “it’s just the nature of the beast.”

He said juror 7 didn’t recall any specific testimony, references to Peteuil’s criminal history, etc., and he felt she may still be impartial.  Gorman agreed, noting details the juror recalled were more related to his disappearance than case testimony and evidence.

That, Gorman said, would have to be addressed at some point anyway because the trial was being held in Peteuil’s absence. He said the juror didn’t relate having drawn any sort of conclusion of guilt from the article.

Ammerman said he didn’t see how the juror could possibly put what she’d read aside, and it was likely the article tainted others on the jury panel.   “Frankly, it’s a major concern for me … and I don’t see how we can proceed.”  

Ammerman then excused juror No. 7, leaving the court with 11 jurors. Unable to proceed without the required 12-member jury panel, he declared a mistrial and scheduled jury selection for Feb. 11.

In the first case, Peteuil is charged with three counts of possession of firearm prohibited, dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities and five counts of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, all felonies.

He’s also charged with five misdemeanor counts of intentional possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and sell controlled substance without known trademark and two summaries.

In the second case, he’s charged with two counts of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, three counts of conspiracy, dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities and criminal use of communication facilities, all felonies.

The charges in the first case stem from an incident June 6, 2019 in DuBois when Peteuil was stopped by police for a window tint violation, according to previously-published GANT News reports.

It was determined he was on state parole and not allowed to be in DuBois. When a parole officer arrived on-scene, she searched the vehicle and located a large sum of cash in the center console as well as a loaded pistol.

Peteuil is not permitted to possess a firearm because he is a convicted felon. He was subsequently taken into custody.

Later investigators reportedly found over $45,000 in cash, two more pistols, ammunition and various drugs in the vehicle. This included 238.41 grams of cocaine, 349 grams of heroin, 58.32 grams of methamphetamine and over a pound of marijuana, police said.

The second case was filed following grand jury testimony in June in relation to drug activity, involving heroin, LSD, marijuana, meth, Fentanyl, cocaine, Suboxone and psychedelic mushrooms “under the leadership of Daniel Peteuil.”

In addition to items found during the June of 2019 traffic stop, investigators reportedly found a receipt for payment of $1,500 to a local attorney for services to an associate of Peteuil, Jonathan Morales. Morales was arrested following a traffic stop May 16, 2019.

Police seized 56.57 grams of meth, 665 stamp bags of heroin, marijuana and other drugs from Morales. They also uncovered over $9,000 in cash, according to court documents. Morales told police the drugs were put in his vehicle by Peteuil.

Confidential informants testified before the grand jury that they bought quantities of drugs from Peteuil. One of these informants stated that they believed “Peteuil was the main drug dealer of drugs in the Clearfield County area.”                                            https://gantdaily.com/2021/01/19/judge-declares-mistrial-in-peteuils-drug-cases/

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5 hours ago, disgruntled said:

And so, now we have a new story about the case for potential jurors to read and become more knowledgeable about the case.  :huh:

Yes. I'd guess that Clearfield County and especially the probation office has messed this whole case up from the beginning. This will drag out now for a long time. Something really is suspicious about all of this.


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