Drug Bust

A Montgomery man reportedly sold methamphetamine to a confidential informant in the presence of an undercover police officer twice, according to police.

Cody Allen Benyo, 27, of West Huston Ave., Montgomery, reportedly sold a total of $200 worth of methamphetamine on March 25, 2019, and again on April 4, 2019, according to the affidavit by Trooper Thomas Wool of Pennsylvania State Police Montoursville, filed on October 30, 2019.

On March 25, 2019, a confidential informant told the Pennsylvania State Police Montoursville Vice Unit that Benyo was selling methamphetamine from his West Houston Avenue home.

The confidential informant reportedly contacted Benyo via Facebook Messenger to arrange the purchase of one gram of methamphetamine for $100, according to the affidavit by Trooper Thomas Wool.

Upon arrival at Benyo's home, he reportedly came to the undercover vehicle, where the confidential informant and Trooper Wool were waiting.

Benyo then handed the confidential informant a small ziplock bag of methamphetamine in exchange for the pre-recorded bills, Trooper Wool wrote.

Through the passenger side window of the vehicle, "The three of us conversed for a minute or two. During the conversation, Benyo related that he was trying to find a ride to go see his probation officer," Trooper Wool said. 

The confidential informant then said they needed to leave for work, and they drove away leaving Benyo at his residence, police said.

"The CI placed the bag of meth in the cup holder of my UC vehicle. I then placed the meth in a larger zip lock bag," Trooper Wool wrote.

"There was no debrief or post buy search of the CI due to me being present for the entire buy and the CI sitting next to me in the passenger seat of my UC vehicle," Trooper Wool wrote.

After dropping off the confidential informant at a predetermined location, police returned to their barracks and tested the contents of the bag, which determined it to contained methamphetamine, according to Wool.

On April 4, 2019, the confidential informant told Wool that they could again purchase methamphetamine from Benyo, according to the affidavit.

"The CI related the Benyo wanted to meet in Clarkestown at the old Lowes super-duper. The cI used Facebook messenger and texted and called Benyo keeping in contact and advising when we would meet him," Trooper Wool wrote.

The purchase reportedly occurred around 1:05 a.m., when Benyo and an unknown white male walked into the parking lot and up to the undercover vehicle. Additional officers watched from a distance, according to the affidavit.

"The unknown white male stayed a few steps back from Benyo. Benyo immediately handed the CI two small bags containing meth. The CI gave Benyo $100 in buy money and drove away," Trooper Wool wrote.

The contents of the bag were tested at Montoursville State Police headquarters, where they reportedly proved positive for the presence of meth.

The substances from both purchases were again tested at the Wyoming Regional Laboratory, and both samples contained methamphetamine, a schedule two drug, according to the affidavit. 

Benyo was charged with four ungraded felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance, two third degree felony counts of criminal use of a communication facility, and two ungraded misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered. 

Benyo's $90,000 bail was set by Magisterial District Judge Jon E. Kemp at a preliminary arraignment on October 30, 2019.