2017-07-15 / Front Page

Alleged drug dealer headed to trial

A jury has been empaneled for another trial involving a fatal heroin overdose and the dealer who allegedly provided the drug.

Desiree Tipping, 32, of Wellsboro is accused of selling fentanyl-laced heroin that claimed the life of Coudersport resident Mike Langworthy in November 2015. Fentanyl is an extremely potent narcotic sometimes mixed with heroin to increase its potency.

Tipping is charged with drug delivery resulting in death, a felony that carries a lengthy prison term. She’s also charged with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver heroin, and with criminal use of a communication device

Six men, six women, and two alternates were selected for the jury last week. The trial is scheduled to begin in Potter County Court at 8:30 am Tuesday, July 18.

Langworthy, 47, was found unresponsive in his car at a Galeton convenience store.

Tipping was initially sent to the Potter County Women’s Residential Recovery Center in Harrison Valley for treatment of what officials described as “medical issues.” She has since been jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Meanwhile, a man accused of providing the drugs that caused a Shinglehouse man to die of an overdose is now facing multiple felony charges, including drug delivery resulting in death.

Police arrested Oakley Z. Mulkin, 24, in connection with the death of 28-yearold Jordan Whitsell at a Sharon Township residence in May 2016.

It was the result of an undercover investigation by the Drug Task Force, operated by Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson and local police.

Mulkin is already incarcerated at Rockview State Prison on other charges after allegedly selling drugs to a police informant in November 2015.

Last July, a Galeton man already serving at least 12 years in state prison for a fatal heroin overdose was convicted in Potter County Court of continuing to deal the drug a year ago while he was out on bail.

Jonathan Proctor was sentenced by Senior Judge John Leete to a prison term of at least 42 months, but the penalty is running concurrent with his previous sentence.

Proctor, 28, had already been convicted by a jury of drug delivery resulting in death for providing the heroin that claimed the life of his friend, 20-year-old Daniel Lowe of Sunderlinville.

The defendant and family members pleaded for mercy due to Proctor’s severe heroin addiction.

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