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22 arrested in Pa. drug sting

February 02, 2000|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A year-long Franklin County Drug Task Force investigation culminated Wednesday with the arrest of 20 adults and two juveniles on drug charges, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

"What was impressive about this was the percentage of people picked up," said Franklin County District Attorney John F. Nelson. All but eight of the people being sought were taken into custody Wednesday, he said.

"One of the things I think is significant is that about half the arrests involve undercover sales to one undercover officer from Harrisburg (Pa.) City Police," Nelson said. He said that department will be reimbursed from task force funds for the services of the officer.

The investigation also involved troopers from the Troop H Tactical Narcotic Team and Vice Unit, state police said. Officers from the Chambersburg, Mercersburg, Waynesboro, Mid Cumberland Valley Regional and Mont Alto Campus police departments assisted state police in Wednesday's raids, along with Franklin County Adult Probation officers and Pennsylvania constables.

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State police said the raids started at 6:18 a.m. with a search warrant at the home of Duane Newlin, 46, of 16608 Mill Road, in Spring Run, Pa. The report alleged that police seized about a pound of marijuana and 57 live marijuana plants.

Duane Newlin and Brook Newlin, 20, of the same address, were each charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, manufacturing marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. They were arraigned before District Justice John Weyman and jailed in Franklin County Prison on $35,000 bond each.

Fifteen people were arraigned before District Justice Gary Carter in Chambersburg and jailed on crack cocaine and marijuana delivery charges, according to police. Addresses for those charged were not listed in the report, but Nelson said most of the sales occurred in Chambersburg.

"I think this demonstrates the commitment of the task force and demonstrates to the public that the problem still persists," Nelson said.

Last year the District Attorney's Office introduced a proposal for a heroin initiative that would effectively replace the current funding system for the task force. The Board of County Commissioners pledged $30,000 to the initiative and 21 of the 22 municipalities in the county exceeded that with their contributions, he said.

That money would be combined with state grants to hire two county detectives to investigate trafficking of heroin and other drugs in the county, according to the proposal.

Those arrested and their charges include:

Bobby Williams, 36, five counts of delivery of crack cocaine, Quentin McCollum, 28, three counts of delivery of crack, Daniel Collins, 29, Irene Williamson, 46, and Manix Celestine, 36, each on two counts of delivery of crack. Christopher Webb, 22, and Jimmy Lee Aaron, 18, were each charged with three counts of delivery of marijuana, and Jerod Roberts, 22, was charged with two counts of delivery of marijuana, police said.

Jimmy Jones, 22, Charles Michael Cole, 24, Nadina Thomas, 34, Ryan North, 22, and Joseph Scavone, 58, were each charged with one count of delivery of crack cocaine, police said. Dante Darby, 18, and Charles Dinish Jr., were each charged with one count of delivery of marijuana, according to police.

The report said all were jailed in Franklin County Prison with bail set at $25,000 for each delivery charge.

Police also filed petitions with Franklin County Juvenile Probation against two unidentified juveniles for delivery of crack cocaine.

Tamzon Gorman, 21, Corey Kimple, 24, and Jeromy Kimple, 20, were all arraigned before District Justice Shirley Shatzer in Greencastle, Pa., on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The report said each was released on $5,000 unsecured bond.

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