ATHENS TOWNSHIP — A second individual is facing drug charges in connection with an incident that occurred at the Elmira Street Walmart parking lot back in May.

Billy Eugene Parsons, 29, of Towanda was charged with felony-grade possession with intent to deliver controlled substances and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia for his role in the incident, which took place shortly before 5:30 p.m. on May 28.

According to Athens Township Police, the incident began when officers responded to a report from an off-duty officer of an unidentified woman smoking methamphetamine in the parking lot of Walmart.

The off-duty officer also noted that Nicole Lynn Brennan, who was also charged in this incident, was observed in the back seat of the vehicle.

After contacting Bradford County Dispatch, the off-duty officer observed Parsons enter the vehicle.

The off-duty officer then relayed to dispatch that he believed he had been recognized, as the vehicle “quickly backed out of the parking spot” and eventually left the property.

Officers of the Sayre Police Department, who were first to respond to the scene, then performed a traffic stop on the aforementioned vehicle in the Tractor Supply parking lot, police said.

Upon approaching the vehicle, officers observed Brennan slumped over typing on her cell phone and Parsons reaching throughout the passenger area, and eventually requested that all three individuals come out of the vehicle.

After observing a backpack on the front passenger floor of the vehicle, officers asked if it belonged to Parsons, and he stated that it did. Parsons also informed police that the backpack contained methamphetamine.

Some of the items discovered in the backpack were two weighing scales, several clear, small plastic baggies and approximately 10.5 grams of methamphetamine.

Parsons was arraigned and placed in the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. A preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Court Judge Larry Hurley is scheduled for July 16.

Johnny Williams can be reached at (570) 888-9643 ext. 232 or jwilliams@morning-times.com. Follow Johnny Williams on Twitter @johnnywMT

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