Joseph Dean II

Joseph James Dean II

A couple is facing drug charges after police said they found paraphernalia while searching for the man on a felony arrest warrant.

On May 30, Cumberland Township police visited the home of Samantha Jo Phillips, 28, and Joseph James Dean II, 30, at 183 Neff Road, Jefferson, to execute a probation violation warrant on Dean, who was court-ordered to not be in that house.

Dean and Phillips weren’t there that day, but police said they found in their bedroom a glass smoking device with marijuana residue on it. They were each charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Two days later, police went to Phillips’ grandfather’s house on a report that Dean and Phillips allegedly drove a truck into the grandfather’s field and got it stuck there. That morning, police said they found three needles and a smoking device in a box in the truck. In a separate case, Dean and Phillips each again were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Later that day, police returned to the Neff Road address on a tip that Dean had returned there. Police searched the house and along the woodline, before they saw “a head stick up out of the tall grass,” according to the criminal complaint. Police pursued Dean on foot, before he surrendered in the woods. Police said they found a syringe in his pocket. In this third case, Dean was charged with resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dean allegedly told police that he had heard them yelling for him, but “he was not ready to go to jail because he wanted to see his son,” the complaint said. Dean had allegedly complained of shoulder and chest pain while in the patrol vehicle, so police took him to WHS-Greene hospital to be cleared for incarceration.

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