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Wanted man busted in city heroin case


PHOTO COURTESY OF SHAMOKIN POLICE Keith R. Barbour

PHOTO COURTESY OF SHAMOKIN POLICE Keith R. Barbour

SHAMOKIN — A 30-year-old man who spent time in prison for attempted murder in Philadelphia was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon at a Race Street home, where police seized approximately $1,500 in cash and 67 packets of heroin.

Keith Rayne Barbour, whose nickname is “Max” and has a last known address as Wernersville, is in SCI-Coal Township on a state parole violation and faces a felony offense of possession with intent to deliver heroin and methamphetamine, and misdemeanors of possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and providing false identification to law enforcement.

The drug-related offenses filed by Patrolman Brandon Cohick relate to an incident at 1:50 p.m. at the residence of Sarah Karpinski, 713 E. Race St., where Barbour allegedly provided heroin to Karpinski.

Police said Barbour, who pleaded guilty to criminal attempt to commit murder and related charges on Aug. 11, 2008, and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance on Aug. 18, 2008, in Philadelphia County Court, served a state prison sentence before being paroled. But police said he absconded while on parole before being apprehended Wednesday.

Barbour has an extensive criminal record and is considered a transient, police said.

After Barbour was discovered in Karpinski’s home by adult probation officers

PHOTO COURTESY OF SHAMOKIN POLICE Cash, heroin and other items seized from Keith R. Barbour at a Race Street residence in Shamokin on Wednesday afternoon are shown at Shamokin Police Station.

PHOTO COURTESY OF SHAMOKIN POLICE Cash, heroin and other items seized from Keith R. Barbour at a Race Street residence in Shamokin on Wednesday afternoon are shown at Shamokin Police Station.

Dan Shoop and Matt Narcavage, who is Karpinski’s probation supervisor, Cohick said he was summoned for assistance.

Cohick said Barbour was found with $1,525 in cash, 67 packets of heroin, four small plastic packets containing methamphetamine, small bags containing marijuana and heroin, three digital scales, other paraphernalia and a ZTE cell phone.

The officer said Barbour initially provided police with a false name before revealing his identity at the state police barracks in Stonington.

At the scene, Barbour told police, “I don’t even know what’s going on. She (Karpinski) asked me to come over and maybe smoke a little dope, but that’s it.”

Police later learned that Barbour was wanted by the Berks County Sheriff’s Office and state parole and probation.

Karpinski, who was taken into custody and imprisoned on a parole violation, consented to an interview at the Shamokin Police Station on Wednesday afternoon. Karpinski told police she contacted Barbour, whom she knows as “Kody,” for rent money and when he came over to her house at about 10:30 a.m., he brought the seized items with him in a black bag and gave her heroin, which she said she promptly used.

Karpinski said she had told Barbour to stay in the bedroom until the adult probation officers were done with their visit.