No charges yet in ‘ecstasy’ case

This is the bag of pills recovered after four men were arrested May 25. Deputies say they are ecstasy.

Four out-of-state men are waiting to find out if they will be charged in Delaware County in connection with an incident in which police confiscated a bag they allege contained more than 5,000 MDMA pills, popularly known as “ecstasy.”

A spokeswoman in the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office said that office will work with other law enforcement agencies to return the men to Delaware County if charges are filed in Delaware County Common Pleas Court in connection with their arrests last month.

Kevin Patrick Roll, 43, of Pennsylvania, and North Carolina residents Andrew Stephen Morris, 33, Seth Anthony Lupek, 29, and Tobias Ian Lupek, 27, were arrested May 25 and charged with possession of drugs.

Delaware County deputies were summoned to the Flying J Travel Plaza in Sunbury on May 25 at 3:20 p.m. The caller told deputies that she had seen the men drinking in the parking lot and said they appeared to be “highly intoxicated.”

Deputies arrived minutes later just as the men’s vehicle was pulling out of the parking lot. Deputies stopped them and said they determined the men were in possession of drugs, including cocaine and ecstasy.

The four men appeared in Delaware Municipal Court on May 26 where Judge Marianne Hemmeter set their bond at $100,000 each and a hearing was scheduled for June 4.

However, on June 3, a motion was filed in all four cases by Delaware County prosecutors, asking Hemmeter to dismiss the cases so that charges could be filed against the men in Delaware County Common Pleas Court. As of Monday, no charges had been filed against the men in Delaware County Common Pleas Court.

Hemmeter approved the motion and the men were released from the Delaware County Jail on June 3.

Tracey Whited, head of community and media relations at the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, said evidence has been sent to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation in London, Ohio, and investigators are awaiting lab results.

Whited said that if the men are subpoenaed to court, the sheriff’s office would coordinate with the appropriate law enforcement agencies in other jurisdictions to return the men to Delaware County.

“Law enforcement works closely together across jurisdictions to help ensure warrants are served and suspects brought to justice,” Whited said.