14 accused of Pa. drug trafficking

November 20, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Federal indictments handed up Wednesday accuse 14 people of distributing hundreds of pounds of drugs in the Franklin County, Pa., area.

Dennis C. Pfannenschmidt, the U.S. attorney for the middle district of Pennsylvania, said in a news release that hundreds of pounds of marijuana and multiple pounds of crack and powder cocaine were involved.

Heidi Havens, a spokeswoman for Pfannenschmidt's office, said the drug trafficking is alleged to have happened in the Chambersburg and Shippensburg areas.

Authorities investigated marijuana distribution for about four years, and powder and crack cocaine distribution for about a year, Havens said.

The marijuana and cocaine trafficking don't appear to be part of one large enterprise, although one person was indicted in connection with both groups.


According to Pfannenschmidt's office, the following were charged with distributing and conspiring to distribute hundreds of pounds of marijuana over the last four years:

o Christopher Howell, 26, of Chambersburg

o Alan Jaques, 37, of Scotland, Pa.

o Ricardo Preciado-Rodriguez, 33, of Winchester, Pa.

o Gregorio Garcia, 22, of Chambersburg

o Shea Evans, 27, of Shippensburg, Pa.

o Charles Wyatt Dunn, 30, of Philadelphia

The same grand jury indicted the following people on charges of unlawfully distributing powder and crack cocaine:

o Howell

o Brandt Lahr, 23, of Shippensburg

o Ali June Washabaugh, 20, of Williamsport, Pa.

o Jason Lightner, 32, of Chambersburg

o Mike Pearson, 36, of Chambersburg

o Brett Doyle, 34, of Orrstown, Pa.

o Lennie Hines of Far Rockaway, N.Y., whose age was not given

o Duane Fason, 33, of Far Rockaway, N.Y.

o Ruth Miller, 30, of Chambersburg.

"These two organizations were responsible for the distribution of a substantial amount of drugs in these communities," Pfannenschmidt said in the press release.

The press release says most of the people charged were apprehended Thursday during early-morning raids in the Chambersburg and Shippensburg areas, including defendants' homes. Havens wouldn't say how many places were raided or where they were.

Garcia and Preciado-Rodriguez already were in federal custody stemming from an indictment in September.

Pearson was in custody after being arrested Nov. 12 for allegedly possessing about 12 ounces of cocaine, the press release says.

The Harrisburg, Pa., office of the Drug Enforcement Administration oversaw the investigation, according to the release. Police and district attorneys', parole and probation offices assisted.

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