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Pa. police charge 14 in Waynesboro drug arrests

March 11, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro and Washington Township police and members of the Franklin County Drug Task Force Thursday morning began rounding up suspects on charges stemming from an undercover drug-trafficking investigation.

Sixteen people were being sought in connection with the investigation that began in November, according to a detective with the drug task force. Two teams of officers, assisted by the Franklin County Sheriff's Department, began making arrests shortly after 6 a.m.

By early evening, 14 people had been arraigned on charges before Magisterial District Judge Larry Pentz.

"There was just a lot of information coming into us" about drug trafficking, Waynesboro Police Chief Ray Shultz said. "That's when we got together with the drug task force" for an investigation.

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The detective, who asked that his name not be used, said two homes were searched, with police seizing approximately $2,000 in cash in one and a half pound of marijuana in the other. A car also was seized by police, he said.

The detective said the investigation focused on drug activity in the area of the Franklin County Housing Authority complex.

Several people were charged with criminal use of a communications facility for allegedly using cell phones to set up drug sales to police informants at various times since November, according to criminal complaints.

The following people were arraigned before Pentz:

· Douglas Tarr, 22, of 41 E. Main St., Waynesboro, charged with five counts each of delivery of marijuana and criminal use of a communications facility, $50,000 bail.

· William E. Flood, 22, address unknown, charged with delivery of cocaine and criminal use of a communications facility, $25,000 bail.

· Michael N. Orner, 19, of 250 Hawbaker Ave., Waynesboro, charged with delivery of marijuana and criminal use of a communications facility, $25,000 bail.

· Ronnie Gray, 20, 507B W. Main St., charged with possession with intent to deliver, $10,000 bail.

· Stephanie M. Hade, 21, 249 W. Second St., Waynesboro, possession of small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia. No bail.

· Heather Helman, 25, of 218 W. Main St., Waynesboro, charged with delivery of a counterfeit substance, criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a communications facility, $25,000 bail.

· Lindsey D. Funt, 21, of 18 S. Franklin St., Waynesboro, charged with delivery of a counterfeit substance, criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a communications facility, $25,000 bail.

· Willie Hennington, 23, of 20 W. Ninth St., Waynesboro, charged with delivery of cocaine and criminal use of a communications facility, $25,000 bail.

· Ernest C. McKenzie, 26, of 24 N. Franklin St., Apt. 1, Waynesboro, a Franklin County Prison inmate, charged with two counts of delivery of cocaine, $25,000 bail.

· David M. Kabler, 19, of 416 S. Potomac St., Waynesboro, a Franklin County Prison inmate, charged with delivery of a counterfeit substance and criminal use of a communications facility, $25,000 bail.

· Dennis King Jr., 29, 218 W. Main St., Waynesboro, charged with possession of small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, released on his own recognizance.

· Justin Ray Reese, 20, 82 W. Main St., Waynesboro, charged with unlawful delivery of cocaine and criminal use of a communications facility, $10,000 bail.

· Levar Kendrick McDonald, 26, of 109 1/2 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown, charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, released on his own recognizance.

· Carlos Coniglairo, 19, of 25 S. Franklin St., Chambersburg, Pa., charged with delivery of cocaine and criminal use of a communications facility, released on his own recognizance.

Unaware police were seeking him, Coniglairo showed up at Pentz's office to pay a fine on a citation, according to a member of Pentz's staff.

Those arraigned Thursday were scheduled for preliminary hearings in Franklin County Central Court.

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