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19 faces charges in Pa. drug arrests

November 19, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - By mid-afternoon Thursday, Pennsylvania State Police and Chambersburg police had arrested about half of the 40 people they were seeking in a roundup of suspected street-level drug dealers, police said.

State and local police and the Franklin County Drug Task Force had been conducting an undercover investigation of drug trafficking, including cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin and marijuana, Trooper Ed Asbury said. About two dozen troopers, police officers and task force members were involved in the roundup, he said.

Asbury said the arrests were made without incident and two cars were confiscated. No weapons were seized and Asbury said he had no information on the amount of illegal drugs that police might have found as a result of the arrests.

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Asbury underscored the seriousness of the drug problem in the county when he said there had been eight drug overdose deaths in the county this year, most from heroin. Asbury said he did not have a list of those who died from overdoses.

Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner could not confirm that number Thursday night.

Chambersburg Police Chief Michael DeFrank called the sweep "an early Christmas present" for area drug dealers. The sweep began at about 6 a.m. and by 2 p.m. he estimated more than 20 people had been taken into custody.

"One of our biggest problems in undercover operations is getting undercover officers in that aren't known" to area drug dealers, said District Attorney John F. Nelson. The Troop H Vice Unit of the state police provided several officers from out of this area to assist in the purchase of drugs from alleged dealers, he said.

Nelson said he expected most of those arrested would be arraigned before District Justice Gary Carter.

Warden John Wetzel said Franklin County Prison had taken in 15 people on drug charges Thursday as a result of the roundup. Along with another person incarcerated on other charges, he said the prison population was 355, with another 32 county inmates at other county jails because of overcrowding.

The prison complex was designed to hold 194 prisoners, he said.

"Sounds like job security to me," Wetzel said of the influx of new inmates.

The following people were arraigned on drug-related charges Thursday, according to records at District Justice Carter's office:

· Rodney Allen McDonald, 44, 637 Fairground Ave., Chambersburg, three counts of delivery of crack cocaine.

· Charles Franklin Gates, 46, 11560 Burkett Lane, Greencastle, Pa., two counts of delivery of marijuana and two counts of delivery of cocaine.

· Harold Eugene Etter Jr., 33, 110 Mont Alto Road, Fayetteville, Pa., one count of delivery of marijuana.

· Nancy Marzullo, 35, 231 Birch St., Chambersburg, two counts each of criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a communications device.

· Larry L. Mulkey Jr., 20, 55 S. Franklin St., Chambersburg, delivery of marijuana.

· Brandon Michael Jones, 20, 73 N. Franklin St., Chambersburg, delivery of marijuana and criminal use of a communication facility.

· Johnathan Robertson, 20, 564 S. Central Ave., Chambersburg, delivery of marijuana.

· Rennis G. Fox, 22, 5616 Riviera Court, Fayetteville, delivery of marijuana, criminal use of a communication facility, criminal conspiracy and corruption of minors.

· Barbara Sohlgren, age unavailable, 202 N. Hackberry Drive, Chambersburg, delivery of Oxycodone and criminal use of a communication facility.

· Monica Jones, 22, 1464 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg, delivery of crack cocaine and criminal use of a communication facility.

· Shane Brian Souders, 19, 225 N. Franklin St., Chambersburg, delivery of marijuana and criminal use of a communication facility.

· Anthony T. Scott, 30, of 110 Buchanan St., Chambersburg, two counts each of delivery of marijuana and criminal use of a communication facility.

· Ian McClellan Watson, 20, 3673 Wayne Road, Chambersburg, two counts of delivery of cocaine and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

· Ronald Jermaine Galbreath, 29, 654 Heintzelman Ave., Chambersburg, three counts of delivery of crack cocaine and two counts of criminal use of a communication facility.

· Kellie M. Breen, 22, 931 Orchard Drive, Chambersburg, delivery of marijuana and criminal use of a communication facility.

· Gregory W. Jumper, 29, 2905 Guilford Springs Road, Chambersburg, delivery of cocaine.

· Eric Ludgood, 31, 300 S. Second St., Chambersburg, delivery of cocaine and criminal use of a communication facility.

· Antoine D. Hicks, 25, 30 W. South St., Chambersburg, two counts of delivery of marijuana.

· Larry J. Ardrey Jr., 19, 638 S. Main St., Chambersburg, delivery of marijuana and criminal conspiracy.

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