John Gregory Gehling, 34, is charged with 14 counts including possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia following an early morning raid at his home by members of the Delaware County Drug Task Force.
Task Force member Detective Jack Keith of the Upper Chichester Police Department interviewed a confidential informant in July about Gehling’s alleged methamphetamine dealing, according to an affidavit of probable cause for his arrest.
The informant told Keith that they contact Gehling by cellphone and he has them come to his address to make drug buys, the affidavit says. Investigators had the informant make two controlled buys from Gehling at his home in late July and early August, according to the affidavit. Both were for quantities of methamphetamine using pre-recorded amounts of cash provided by investigators, the affidavit says.
Keith and other task force members served a search warrant on the 3rd Street home at 6 a.m. Tuesday. Gehling and another man, who has not been charged, were inside the house at the time and detained as police swept the premises, the affidavit says.
Officers recovered approximately $7,000 in cash, one ounce of methamphetamine, six ounces of marijuana, various packaging materials, digital scales and a handgun of unknown ownership, according to the affidavit.
The handgun was found along with a magazine containing five 9mm hollow-point rounds in a red Wawa bag inside a 2000 Dodge Ram parked outside and belonging to the other man in the house, the affidavit says.
Also found in the bag were 32 grams of methamphetamine and 83 grams of marijuana, according to the affidavit. The man allegedly told officers Gehling had given the bag the night before and told him to put it in his truck.
Court records show Gehling pleaded guilty in August 2021 to possession with intent to distribute and was sentenced to 11½ to 23 months in the county jail with three years of consecutive probation. As a convicted felon, he is prohibited from owning a firearm.
Gehling is also a lifetime Megan’s Law registrant, with convictions on his record for possessing child pornography in 2007 and indecent assault by forcible compulsion in 2017.
Gehling was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Georgia L. Stone and remanded to the county jail in Concord after failing to post 10% of $350,000 bail. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Aug. 17 before Magisterial District Judge Walter Strohl.