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17 charged in Chambersburg, Pa., drug raid

January 28, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg Borough Police armed with warrants began a drug sweep Wednesday that culminated a four-month undercover drug investigation.

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Four teams of Chambersburg police officers on Wednesday morning began searching for 28 people charged in warrants with being street-level crack cocaine dealers.

By 12:30 p.m., 15 adults and two juveniles charged with delivery and criminal conspiracy to deliver crack cocaine were in custody, according to Police Chief Michael T. DeFrank.

The drug sweep came less than a week after last Thursday's drug sweep in Hagerstown. In that operation, federal, state and local law enforcement officers fanned out across the Tri-State area looking for 31 people wanted on a variety of drug charges.

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Fourteen people were arrested during the first day of the Hagerstown drug operation, and police said that by Wednesday, 23 arrests had been made.

In Chambersburg, DeFrank said the teams, each composed of four officers, began making arrests at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. They were assisted by three members of the Franklin County Drug Task Force and state constables, he said.

Three adults and one juvenile for whom warrants had been issued were already in custody on unrelated charges. DeFrank said the constables took them from Franklin County Prison to the Chambersburg Recreation Center on Third Street, where those arrested were being processed.

"It's the first raid conducted by the Chambersburg Police Department solely, without the assistance of the drug task force," DeFrank said.

He said borough police would continue to conduct joint investigations with the task force, however.

"It was just one we decided to do on our own," he said. "We had the manpower, we had the resources and we had the desire, so we just went ahead and did it."

Most of those charged were from Chambersburg, he said. Only two of the drug buys that were part of the investigation were made outside the borough.

No drugs, money or weapons had been seized during the first hours of the raids.

DeFrank said informants and undercover officers from other agencies made the purchases that resulted in the charges. Most of the drug buys were made in the area of South Main and Catherine streets and in a public housing complex on the borough's southwest side.

The following people were charged and arraigned before District Justice Gary Carter:

* Allen B. Tarlton, 51, Franklin County Prison, two counts of delivery of crack cocaine.

* Mark Quivers, 42, 324 S. Main St., one count of delivery.

* Shameika Schroyer, 23, 667 Heintzelman Ave., two counts of delivery and one count of criminal conspiracy.

* Timothy Ross, 25, 255 Lincoln Way West, one count of delivery.

* Carmalita Stevens, 26, 79 Brumbaugh Ave., one count each of delivery and criminal conspiracy.

* Patrick Burch, 22, 10 W. South St., two counts of delivery.

* Damon Bryant, 21, 141 Greenmeadow Lane, two counts of delivery and one count of conspiracy.

* Ralph D. Jenkins Jr., 24, 304 S. Hackberry Drive, one count of delivery.

* Francisco Miranda, 23, 392 E. Queen St., one count of delivery.

* James L. Brady, 35, 568 S. Main St., two counts of delivery.

* Thomas Mathis, 26, 729 E. Washington St., one count of delivery.

* Jeffrey Truett, 32, 130 E. Liberty St., one count of delivery.

* Alfred Leroy Carr, 20 Hemlock Circle, two counts of delivery.

* Daniel Collins, 38, Franklin County Prison, two counts of delivery.

* Anthony S. Nimley, 23, 11 Hotpoint Ave., Shippensburg, Pa., one count of delivery.

Police did not release the names of the two juveniles in custody or the people named in warrants who were still at large.

Carter's office said bond was being set at $25,000 on each count for which a person was charged.

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