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Honesdale man, associates arrrested for guns and drugs

Scott Helferich

November 23, 2016

On the evening of November 22, 2016 a trooper assigned to the Narrowsburg substation stopped a vehicle on Rte. 97 in the Town of Tusten. Upon interviewing the driver Scott Helferich, age 34 of Honesdale, PA he was found to possess a loaded .40 caliber pistol and a quantity of heroin. He was placed into custody.

Upon interviewing the front seat passenger, Dahmir Bethea, age 20 of Clifton, NJ he was found to possess a loaded 9mm pistol. After being disarmed, Bethea fled on foot and fought with the trooper before being placed into custody.

A third passenger, Jamar Thompson-Pressley was found to possess marijuana.

A search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of a loaded .38 caliber pistol, a loaded .45 caliber pistol and marijuana.

Helferich was charged with three counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd Degree, felonies and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, a misdemeanor. Bethea was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd Degree, a felony, Resisting Arrest, Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd, and False Personation, misdemeanors.

Investigation determined that Bethea was wanted by the Patterson, NJ Police Department for Attempted Murder stemming from a shooting incident in that city in January, 2016. He has been charged as a Fugitive From Justice related to the outstanding warrant.

Thompson-Pressley was charged with Evidence Tampering, a felony and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, a violation. All three subjects were arraigned in the Town of Tusten Court and remanded to the Sullivan County Jail.