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Pa. sting operation nets 13 arrests

February 10, 1998|By DON AINES

Pa. sting operation nets 13 arrests

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Borough police and state narcotics agents followed up a six-month sting operation with a reverse sting to arrest four suspected drug dealers and nine suspected customers in recent days.

Another man who was under investigation as part of the drug ring was killed in October, according to Police Chief Michael DeFrank.

Two officers were injured in the arrests of 13 people that began Thursday and continued through Sunday, he said.

Officer Dana Kauffman was hurt Thursday night when a car door accidentally slammed on his arm. Officer Craig Lesher suffered a broken thumb and a knee injury while arresting a man Friday night, according to DeFrank. He said both were assigned to light duty.

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Sean T. Colter, 23, of 7882 Stump Run Road, Fayetteville, Pa., was charged Thursday with two counts each of delivery of a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, according to a police report.

Ford Vilsaint, 21, and Heidi Statum, 22, both of 464 Hollywell Ave., Chambersburg, were arrested Thursday, the report said. Vilsaint was charged with delivery and Statum with delivery and criminal conspiracy, according to the report.

Roshell Warren, 20, of 7882 Stump Run Road, surrendered to police Friday and was charged with delivery and criminal conspiracy, the report said.

All were arraigned before District Justice Gary Carter and Colter's bail was set at $200,000, the report said. Bail for Vilsaint, Statum and Warren was set at $100,000 each.

Alonzo Green, 23, whose last known address was 155 Green Meadow Lane, Chambersburg, and Calvin Duggins, 18, of 7882 Stump Run Road, were being sought Tuesday, according to the police report. Green was wanted on three counts each of delivery and criminal conspiracy and Duggins on a charge of delivery, the report said.

DeFrank said Charles D. Green Jr., 22, was under investigation before being killed Oct. 6. Green was shot in the chest in front of his West Catherine Street home, DeFrank said.

A suspect, Bryan K. Jefferson, 37, of Harrisburg, later turned himself in to police.

DeFrank said the investigation, which included agents from the state Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigations, began in August. The charges stemmed from nine controlled buys that took place in and around Chambersburg.

DeFrank said the investigation was prompted by residents' complaints and "intelligence data that we gathered from patrol officers on the street."

DeFrank said about three ounces of cocaine worth $3,300 was recovered in Thursday's arrests, along with about $400 in cash and a cell phone.

Over the weekend, an officer posed as a drug dealer. Those arrested in the operation include:

* Cledus Paskins, 44, of 1020 S. Main St., Chambersburg, charged with criminal attempt to possess a controlled substance.

* Joshua Nazelrod, 19, of 31 W. California St., Mercersburg, Pa., charged with criminal attempt to possess a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and resisting arrest.

* Clem A. Mellott, 19, of 15040 Shimpstown Road, Mercersburg, charged with criminal attempt to possess a controlled substance.

* Darren L. Overcash, 26, 13345 Lindot Road, Mercersburg, charged with criminal attempt to possess a controlled substance.

* Leroy E. Pogue, 50, 993 N. Franklin St., Chambersburg, charged with criminal attempt to possess a controlled substance.

* Dwight D. Pepple, 31, 271/2 N. Franklin St., Chambersburg, charged with criminal attempt to possess a controlled substance.

* Jeffrey L. Reichard, 27, 146 Mont Alto Road, Fayetteville, charged with criminal attempt to possess a controlled substance.

* Jack I. Dale III, 27, 332 Ritchey Road, Fayetteville, charged with possession of cocaine.

* Andrew Beckwith, 27, 5 S. Main St., Mercersburg, charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

DeFrank was not surprised that most of those arrested in the reverse sting were not from Chambersburg. He said he and borough officials have been trying to convince other municipalities that the county's drug problem was not limited to Chambersburg.

He said some municipalities have been reluctant to contribute financially to the Franklin County Drug Task Force because most of the drug arrests have occurred in Chambersburg.

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