Jackson Center Mayor Busted With Pot

JACKSON CENTER (KDKA) — A traffic stop led to a drug bust for a local mayor.

Joseph Ferlin, 45, is the mayor of Jackson Center, Mercer County. The population is around 200.

As mayor, he makes $35 a month.

Investigators say Ferlin had 10 pounds of high-grade marijuana with a street value of $35,000.

“I don’t see where it’s a big deal,” Cynthia Rebel, a friend of the mayor, said. “Nobody that knows this man and his wife – he’s such a good person to everybody. There isn’t anything he wouldn’t do for anybody.”

Ferlin was busted in Bland County, Virginia, last week after he was pulled over for speeding.

According to the sheriff, Ferlin was driving on Interstate 77 northbound. The deputy smelled the marijuana and found a plastic bag stuffed with marijuana.

Authorities also seized a large amount of cash.

Ferlin’s passenger, Raymond Turner, Jr., 50, of Grove City, was also arrested. They told investigators they were returning to Mercer County from North Carolina.

Ferlin hired a lawyer and was able to make bail. Turner remains behind bars at New River Valley Regional Jail in Virginia.

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  • DAN

    He took a page out of the mayor LUKE handbook. Hes destined to be the next mayor of Pittsburgh now!

  • the truth

    Sorry, but pot is not a real drug, it is a plant with a ton of medical advantages. I’ve seen hundreds of people benefit from it. Now if it was heroin or cocaine… then I would see a problem….

    • I love this city

      Its still illegal you hippy.

    • Bea

      Tell that to any families of people killed on the road by people under the influence of something that is not a drug.

    • Hoss

      The user starts with pot because it’s cheap and available. Then that thrill wears off and the user graduates to heroin or cocaine. Potheads don’t remain potheads. They become heroin addicts that further contribute to the degradation of society.

      • You're employer

        Youre an idiot! the high from pot isnt near the same as coke or Heroin, and its completely opposite of coke, which is an upper – weeds a downer. you dont make sense hoss! The thrill? theres no thrill in smoking all it does is relax you and makes you hungry, whereas coke makes you fien and wild, herion makes u fein and get sick / what not. Boredom is the main reason any of these drugs are ever done and if we wanna talk about gateway, cigarettes got me into weed bc i learned how to inhale thru cigs. I never gone any hard core then that and I own my own business and have a fairly large stock portfolio/house/wallet etc!

  • Bob McBob

    The truth speaks the truth

  • Bea

    What a great guy, he’d do anything for anyone, including driving down to Virginia to get the town’s pot! Someone needs to check Ms. Rebel’s home if she thinks the town’s mayor dealing drugs is no big deal.

    • Ida Turner

      amen to that

  • j9

    Exactly, epilepsy, migraines and many other ailments are just a few of things that cannabis are some of the benefits. I’d vote for him, maybe the crime rate would go down in Pittsburgh. There are by far way worse actual drugs that need to need to be looking into to such as heroine and cocaine.

  • schwartzer

    see swindling the goyim onYT

  • will g

    i agree with the truth. could we please leagalize pot already. people going to jail for this is just silly.

  • orison319

    While we need to get some Medical Cannabis in {Pennsylvania… no doubt. This dude had 10lb.. Come on cuz.. This isn’t personal use, hes abusing his power while sick and terminally ill patients cant get cannabis.. Dude isnt a caregiver. hes a drug dealer. And while we need people to distribute cannabis. It shouldn’t be people in office.
    The active ingredient in marijuana appears to reduce tumor growth, according to a Spanish study published on Wednesday. The researchers showed giving THC to mice with cancer decreased tumor growth and killed cells off in a process called autophagy.

    “From time to time, I say that the suppression of medical marijuana is murder. This is not quite correct. It is actually mass murder. It has caused the deaths of countless thousands of people.”
    ~ the Financial Times Limited, 1998

    • jackson center

      when its your town you can say something but until you know the facts dont judge or run your mouth. he is a very great man and would do anything for anyone. your right it is illegal and it sucks but everyone talking here are sinners in some sort of way and your not perfect either. everyone makes mistakes. i personally think it should be legal and everyone has thier own opinion about it. he is still the same person and is a very one at that. we need more people like mrs. rebel to remember how much he has helped this little town and everyone in it!! ITS JUST POT . NO COKE OR CRACK.




    Funny to watch people get all twisted up over this. While it is “just pot” it is also illegal! He wasn’t coming back with 10 lbs for personal use, clearly it’s for selling. While he may be a great guy, every year tons of “great people” accidentally pull a trigger in a fit of rage or accidentally have a few many drinks and kill innocent people in a car crash. Are we all sinners? Absofreakinlutely. Do we all do things we’re ashamed of? Heck yes! Do all of our moments end up smeared on TV and interent such as his is? Fortunately not. Regardless of who or what he is, he broke the law… Now his political future is “up in smoke!”

  • Sara Sams

    Jackson Center dont need a Mayor .. Nothing worth voting for there. They have the Pa.State Police located on Rt 62 just past Interstae 79 they are only a phone call away to keep the peace in this really small town.. The Law is the Law and Ferlin broke the Law send him up river for 10 yrs.

    • me

      i like how you people think you know what is going on and how you know it was not for personal use, who says its not?? maybe it was his for the next year. and how the hell do you know he is getting 10 years, really??? find a hobby.

      • Daddys home

        For 10 lbs you wont get anywhere near 10 years! thats ridiculous UNLESS of course he has past criminal history then he probably will, but if he did/does how was he able to become mayor? sooo anyways that kinda sux for him i kno plenty of ppl that do stuff like this and a lot of the money they make they use to 1.stimulate the economy with purchases, 2. help out others in need or less fortunate. 3. donate $ to org/charity/etc

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