Man accused of selling crystal meth to police detective outside garage

HUNTINGDON COUNTY, PA (WTAJ) – A Tyrone man is facing charges after police say he sold crystal meth to an undercover informant (CI) in a garage.

In September 2021, the CIA reported to College State Police and the Center County Narcotics Task Force of several people selling methamphetamine and heroin outside a garage located along Halfmoon Valley Road in Warriors Mark. The informant claimed that the owner is a drug addict and allows dealers to sell drugs at the property, according to police.

Police arranged for Central Intelligence to purchase $200 worth of methamphetamine in the garage on November 17, 2021. The informant was reportedly seen walking into the garage at 8:26 p.m. More than 30 minutes later, a red GMC pickup truck was seen leaving the garage. Garage heading towards Tyrone.

The truck returned to the garage at 9:47 p.m. but left again two minutes later, according to court documents. The police followed the truck as it stopped at Snappy’s convenience store along Old Tyrone Pike in Tyrone. An examination of the truck’s registration showed it was registered to Gary Joe Gordon, 61, according to police.

Gordon reportedly returned to the garage in his truck for a second time at 10:17 p.m. The detective then left the garage two minutes later and met police where they were provided with a plastic bag containing methamphetamine, according to court documents.

The informant said that a man named “Joe” was in the garage, and the police later identified him as Gordon. He allegedly told the detective that he could get eight balls of meth but had to go to Bald Eagle to get it. The detective reportedly gave Gordon cash for drugs before he left the garage, but the trip took him so long to get back.

After Gordon returns to the garage, a woman asks him to take her to Snappy’s for dog food. The detective was finally given methamphetamine after Gordon returned from the store, according to court documents. It was later confirmed that the substance contained 3.22 grams of methamphetamine.

In May 2022, the police contacted Gordon and arranged to meet him near his home in Tyrone. Gordon was reportedly told he was not under arrest but wanted to be given an opportunity to collaborate on other cases as well as provide information on his sources in other counties. Police told Gordon that they were aware of other drug deals he made in the State College area and that the DEA allowed them to operate in other jurisdictions.

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Gordon allegedly said he wanted time to think about the offer but did not contact the police after the meeting. He was arrested after a warrant was issued for his arrest as he faces a felony possession charge with intent to deliver a controlled substance and a misdemeanor of possession.

Gordon was summoned on September 15 to Huntingdon County Jail. His bail was set at $100,000.

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