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State police in Monroe County have charged Beaver Area School District’s recently resigned athletic director with transporting 22 pounds of marijuana and over 160 amphetamine pills.

State police stopped Patrick Joseph McDanel, 33, of Hopewell Township on Aug. 11 in the eastern Pennsylvania town of Tobyhanna Township. McDanel is facing two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, three misdemeanor counts of possessing a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, and summary counts of disregarding a traffic lane and careless driving.

McDanel, who had been employed by Beaver school district since 2012, resigned as Beaver’s athletic director on July 15, according to a district statement by Superintendent Dr. Carrie Rowe sent to BeaverCountian.com in response to inquiries.

Trooper George Tessitore alleged in a charging affidavit that he observed the 2019 silver Nissan Sentra McDanel was driving on I-80 leave its lane and drive onto the shoulder.

Tessitore said he stopped the vehicle and immediately smelled the odor of marijuana as he approached it. He identified the driver as McDanel and the vehicle he was operating as being a one-way rental from Bronx, N.Y., to Pittsburgh.

“Both of these source cities are known to me as areas of high drug/narcotics activity,” the trooper wrote.

“McDanel exhibited nervous behavior as I spoke with him, as well as other indicators of criminal activity detected.”

Tessitore conducted a cause-based search of the vehicle, where he allegedly discovered approximately 22 pounds of marijuana in the trunk.

Inside a backpack on the passenger seat he alleged he found an additional small amount of marijuana, a THC cartridge, 163 amphetamine pills, and “a large amount of United States currency.”

McDanel is free on a $10,000 bond. Court dockets show he is being represented by attorney Joseph Askar of Beaver. A preliminary hearing in the case has been set for Sept. 5 in Monroe County.

The Beaver school district statement read, “Mr. McDanel’s decision to resign was made so that he could relocate to another state where his wife and in-laws reside; his decision to resign and the board’s acceptance of his resignation were made prior to his present legal concerns. Mr. McDanel left his employment with the district in good standing.”

The school statement also said his resignation means there “will be no reason for him to have contact with BASD students, be present on school grounds, or make any future decisions related to (its) athletics programs.”

The Beaver Area School District said it will cooperate with law enforcement in any ongoing investigations.

Patrick Joseph McDanel is the son of Robert Michael McDanel, 63, of Brighton Township, who waived a formal arraignment this week in Beaver County on three felony counts and two misdemeanor counts relating to running a corrupt organization and illegal gambling devices.

Officers with the state Attorney General’s Office seized nearly $3.5 million in cash from the elder McDanel’s home in May 2018.

BeaverCountian.com contributing editor Lori Boone contributed to this report.

See Also: State Police: $3.5 Million Seized From Brighton Twp Home In Sting Targeting Corrupt Organization

John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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Sardonicus
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Animal Husbandry 101: From Wikipedia – “A mule does not sound exactly like a donkey or a horse. Instead, a mule makes a sound that is similar to a donkey’s but also has the whinnying characteristics of a horse (often starts with a whinny, ends in a hee-haw). Mules sometimes whimper.”

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Clint Eastwood plays an unsuspecting 89-year-old mule in “Mule” (a good flick). But, he (spoiler) ends up at 90 in a prison garden raising flowers. Crummy way to end a life. But that was cocaine. 22 pounds of weed, though, is also a sizable load for anyone. At around $1000 or so a pound, $10 or so a gram, that is a good payday once it hits the streets. And, 3 and 1/2 million in cash was taken from the elder’s home. Not a piggy bank size. Maybe this family is just down on its luck, and things might not be what they seem, but being a popular and social family probably won’t save them this time. (Call Joe Askar, plead for an ARD.) As James Cagney said, “Never steal anything small.” (Ask Joe.)

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weezulgoespop
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A quote from Trailer Park Boys “The shit apple doesn’t fall far from the shit tree.”
The McDanel’s, a rags to riches story, now headed for the shit abyss.

equalizer13
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Not exactly earned by honest, hard work. Illegal gambling, income tax evasion, bribery, extortion and now add drug running. great family story. They must have been muscling in on territory protected by our lowlife RICO squad run out of the court house. You no make payment we put you out of business. great news, more expansion for hard charging local Beaver County crime syndicates and families.

Truthful
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Related to the McDanels from Center Township?? Not exactly squeaky clean, either!

marshamoore
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It’s time for all schools’ personnel to be subject to drug-testing as a condition of employment.

Raven
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Will this popular elder and younger pair do any time? Probably not. Name brands and darlings of Beaver County seem to be immune to prosecution. A way out? Perhaps. A fantasy scenario would have the cases transferred to Loser’s care. He’d call off the State boys, as before, investigate himself, Stonewall for two years, compromise evidence, argue the cases in court, create a mistrial, and free the perps with ARDs.

BigusDickus
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The money buys the best defense! Thats the way it is! Believe me there are worse things going on with prominent people in this county! People passing judgement on families before proven guilty! Self righteous idiots.