Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, Pottstown Borough Police Chief F. Richard Drumheller and Montgomery County Sheriff Russell Bono announce a warrant sweep leading to numerous arrests.
On April 23, 2015, Pottstown Police spearheaded a warrant sweep in the Pottstown area. The following agencies also participated in the sweep: Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, Montgomery County Detectives Bureau, Pennsylvania State Parole, Montgomery County Adult Probation and Pottstown Borough Code Enforcement.
Twenty people were arrested during the sweep. The sweep also led to a search warrant, which law enforcement served at 25 North Franklin Street, Apartment 309. The search revealed crack cocaine, marijuana, cash, and two firearms. The guns that were located were a .22 caliber Intratech handgun and a sawed-off 12 gauge shotgun. Ammunition for both guns was also located during the search.
Additional marijuana, paraphernalia, and cash were seized during the arrests.
The following people (20) are charged with offenses:
Darryl Branch Jr. – Felony Drug Charges
Aurice Andrews – Felony Drug Charges
Devon Vogelsang – Felony Drug Charges
Christopher Saunders – Felony Drug Charges
Barry Moore – Felony Drug Charges
Ryan Hildebrand – Felony Drug Charges
Darryl Sutton – Robbery / Montgomery County Probation Detainer
Bryson Bridges – Robbery
Stacey Bowers – Chester County Bench Warrant
Daniel Ledford – Berks County Bench Warrant
Ebony Womack – Philadelphia Bench Warrant
Spencer Kinyanjui – DUI Warrant / Montgomery County Bench Warrant
Dustin Duval – Drug Charges / Montgomery County Probation Detainer
James Lewis – Montgomery County Bench Warrant
Brandon Wade – Montgomery County Bench Warrant
David McCorkle – Drug Charges / Montgomery County Bench Warrant
Damien Cody – Montgomery County Bench Warrant
JUVENILE – Robbery
Jared Santos – Montgomery County Bench Warrant
Lushan Goodlett – Felony Drug Charges
Pottstown PD and other law enforcement agencies are currently looking for twelve additional people for felony warrants for drug trafficking. These warrants are the result of a several month-long investigation into street level drug sales in the Pottstown area. The following people are wanted by the Pottstown Police. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to contact Pottstown Police at 610-970-6570.
KINGSTON, PA — Police arrested two men from Plymouth on charges they robbed the Turkey Hill store on Rutter Avenue as Wilkes-Barre police are expected to file similar charges for a robberies at Turkey Hill stores in the city.
Police allege Robert Maurer, 31, and Richard Huften, 35, conspired to rob the store on Rutter Avenue early Wednesday morning.
The two men are believed to be suspects in the heists at Turkey Hill stores on East Main Street and Hazle Avenue Tuesday night.
NORRISTOWN, PA – Two phone calls months apart from each other allowed investigators to link together two drug rings that delivered crystal meth and heroin to the streets of Norristown and other parts in southeastern Pennsylvania.
District Attorney Risa Ferman announced Wednesday the arrest of 32 people, including four major alleged drug pushers, in Norristown in a joint operation appropriately dubbed “Operation Snow and Ice Removal.”
“This is a series of drug trafficking arrests that have been made in two overlapping drug trafficking rings that relate to the sale of crystal meth, heroin and cocaine, primarily in Norristown but with tentacles in southeast Pennsylvania,” Ferman said at a press conference.
HARRISBURG, PA — A joint investigation between state and local officials uncovered a large-scale drug ring that spanned three counties.
The results of the year-long “Operation Tourniquet” lead to the arrests of “48 mid- and street-level drug dealers,” a press release from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office said.
The dealers, the release said, “were part of two organizations, who were loosely tied and responsible for distributing drugs throughout at least three counties including Berks, Lancaster, and Schuylkill.”
Three Birdsboro residents where among the alleged “street-level” dealers who were arrested.
WILKES-BARRE, PA — City code inspectors took a look Monday at how the new owners of the Sherman Hills apartment complex are managing the site.
Inspectors visited the apartments as part of a complex-wide round of reviews following the site’s purchase by a New Jersey company. Inspectors must review rental units before a new tenant moves in, at least every two years or if a property changes hands, said Butch Frati, Wilkes-Barre director of operations.
Sherman Hills Realty finalized the complex’s sale on April 10 to Treetop Development, of Teaneck, N.J., which paid $15.7 million for the property.
City inspectors visited last week and Monday and plan to finish today. They review living conditions and complete a checklist on each of Sherman Hills’ 344 units.
On April 11, 2014, the Montgomery Township Police Department and the Montgomery County Detective Bureau organized a sting operation targeting human trafficking and the commercial sex trade in the Montgomeryville section of Montgomery Township. On this date, officers placed an online advertisement offering prostitution services. In response to this advertisement, hundreds of communications (text messages and phone calls) took place. Each defendant agreed to pay money for sexual services prior to their arrest.
KINGSTON, PA — Police and agents with the Luzerne County Drug Task Force arrested two people Friday when they allegedly attempted to flee a Market Street residence with a large amount of heroin and crack cocaine.
Authorities knocked on the door at 476 Market St. just before noon as Kevin A. Klass, 25, and Shannon Morton, 35, attempted to escape out the front door. Klass and Morton were stopped on the front porch, where they encountered a police sergeant and a canine, police said.
Klass allegedly had 171 heroin packets stamped “Superman,” eight bags of crack cocaine and $750 cash. Morton allegedly had a heroin packet hidden in her mouth, police said.
WILKES-BARRE, PA – Two men wanted for questioning in the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old Brooklyn boy were apprehended this morning in an apartment in Sherman Hills, authorities said.
Daquan Breland, 23, and Daquan Wright, 19, were taken into custody in the apartment in the same building where two young girls were injured in a shooting on Aug. 24.
Authorities in New York say Antiq Hennis was being pushed in a stroller by his mother and father while crossing a street in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn about 7:20 p.m. Sunday when multiple shots were fired. They say the child was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital with a gunshot wound to the left side of his face and was later pronounced dead.
Tiara McDuffie, 22, of Building 324 Sherman Hills apartment complex, Wilkes-Barre, and Shantique Goodson, 27, of 7 N. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre, were arrested Wednesday after they allegedly sold heroin in the area of Schuyler Avenue and West Market Street.
Authorities set up to buy 99 heroin packets from McDuffie and Goodson, according to a news release.
The heroin packets were stamped “Aftershock.”
WILKES-BARRE, PA — City police said they seized heroin packets, pill tablets, marijuana and contraband inside a South Welles Street house where a 10-year-old child resided with her mother.
Six people were arrested when police served a search warrant at 135 S. Welles St. on Friday.
Police said Nicole Genella, 41, was the legal tenant of the resident. Her child was “within arm’s reach of several amounts of narcotics,” police said.
Genella, Danielle Levy, 35, same address, Ronnie Jones, 55, of Lincoln Plaza, Al-Quadir Hubbard, 24, of Elm Street, Diemah Murray-Muse, 28, of South Sherman Street, all of Wilkes-Barre, and James R. Love, 54, address listed as homeless, were charged with drug-related offenses. They were jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail each.
WILKES-BARRE — A wanted Philadelphia man awaiting trial on drug charges is being held in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 bail after city police arrested him and another man on drug charges on Tuesday.
Emmanuel Williams, 20, was and found to be in possession of “distribution amounts” of heroin, police said, without elaborating.
According to police, investigation into suspected drug activity in the area around Park Avenue, Lehigh Street, East Northampton Street and Empire Street led to a traffic stop at Park and Lehigh on Tuesday.
An Edwardsville man, Rashon Whitest, 19, of Green Street, was processed and released pending a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge, police said.
WILKES-BARRE – City police teamed up with state police vice and narcotic troopers from Wyoming to arrest four people in three undercover drug-buy operations Tuesday night.
Arrested in a sting at Coal Street Park were John Edward Longfoot, 19, of Dana Street, and Eric Conahan, 22, of Dougher Lane, both in Wilkes-Barre. Khalil Owens, 20, of Darling Street, Wilkes-Barre, was arrested in the Mineral Springs apartment complex, and Dumont Anderson, 36, of Prospect Street, Wilkes-Barre, was arrested on North Pennsylvania Boulevard.
More Drug Arrests In Wilkes-Barre
WILKES-BARRE – For the second straight day, city police and state police vice and narcotic troopers teamed up to arrest two men on drug trafficking charges.
Rasham Robinson, 28, known on the street as “Rah Rah,” of 701 N. Franklin St., and Elajuwon Prioleau, 29, known as “Oak,” of 695 N. Franklin St., were allegedly working together to sell heroin near their apartments during July, according to charges filed.
WILKES-BARRE — Twelve people have been charged with prostitution and drug offenses during a three-day sting operation city police conducted with state police.
The sting began Monday and ended Wednesday, with police focusing on activity on South Franklin, South Main, North Main, Sambourne, Academy, Wood and Wyoming streets and Carey Avenue, according to a press release Thursday.
HARRISBURG – Twelve people, including nine from the midstate, were charged this morning in the distribution of more than $3.8 million worth of heroin in Cumberland, Dauphin and Franklin counties, according to the Pennsylvania Attorney General‘s office.
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said the investigation focused on the alleged heroin trafficking activities of Sabriel “Pony” Rivera, 29, of Chambersburg.
According to the grand jury report, Rivera was a major source of heroin sold in the Harrisburg area; he allegedly purchased in Philadelphia and distributed through dealers in Dauphin, Cumberland and Franklin counties.
The investigation took place from December 2011 through January 2013, according to court records.
WILKES-BARRE — Although residents at a council meeting expressed disbelief at Mayor Tom Leighton’s comment crime is down in the city, statistics are on his side.
Data from the Pennsylvania State Police Uniform Crime Reporting System showed a 5.06 percent decrease in known offenses in a year-to-year comparison as of Friday.
Leighton attributed the public’s perception of increased crime to officers making more arrests, and again the reporting system supports him. There were 811 total arrests as of Friday compared to 798 for June 14, 2012.
The offense and arrest totals do not match up because arrests have yet to be made in many of the reported crimes.
Mayor Linda Thompson stated one of her goals for 2011 is to have surveillance cameras installed throughout the city. Public grants can be used to fund this project.
South Allison Hill and parts of Uptown and Downtown Harrisburg are being targeted as the most likely places to have cameras installed. These areas experience high crime and surveillance cameras would act as a deterrent as well as provide police with evidence.
Wilkes-Barre has installed 230 cameras in various sites around the city. They used $3 million in state funds from the Department of Community and Economic Development. In Wilkes-Barre’s case, the cameras have not been a deterrent; however, the footage has helped police solve more crimes. Wilkes-Barre has only experienced very minor equipment malfunctions. Police officers rotate on camera duty. The footage is monitored 24/7!
Larger Scranton has only installed 12 cameras (obviously not nearly enough). The say the cameras malfunction often and are down sometimes for two weeks at a time. Scranton obtained a grant for $200,000 to pay for their project. Unlike Wilkes-Barre, the camera monitor is put behind the front desk. The officer on duty is constantly being distracted with other work so footage is only monitored “as time permits”. (See Wilkes-Barre model, Scranton PD)
And then there is progressive Lancaster! Lancaster has had cameras installed since early in the last decade. There are 165 cameras monitored by the Safety Coalition. The Safety Coalition is a nonprofit volunteer organization.
During a six-month period is 2009, surveillance footage assisted in 51 arrests. Police requested footage for 166 cases. The Lancaster police love cameras! Public and private grants fund the camera system. Delegations from Baltimore, New York and Warren, OH have paid a visit to Lancaster to learn how their system works. An interesting story is told of a man who was found dead on a sidewalk in Lancaster. Police reviewed the surveillance footage and watched the man trip and fall. He was not the victim of a crime. Think of the cost savings to city residents by not having detectives investigate a simple slip and fall as a possible homicide!!
Carlisle is spending $270,000 in federal grants to install 15 cameras in their downtown area.
Harrisburg does have “some” surveillance cameras already in place. Harrisburg Police and the Dauphin County District Attorney feel more cameras would be helpful. Residents of Allison Hill and Uptown reacted favorably to surveillance cameras hoping they will reduce crime in the neighborhood. Neighbors said the idea makes them feel safer and more protected.
We think these cameras are a great idea. Personally, I would love to see them in Pottstown! Remember, grants can pay for these projects. No taxpayer cost involved.
Congratulations to the Pottstown Police Department and the Montgomery County Drug Task Force for getting at least a dozen drug dealing scum-bags off our streets!
I like Chief Flanders “spring cleaning” comment in reference to the recent arrests! Sounds like more are to come and we applaud the efforts of our local and county law enforcement professionals in making our fair city safe for the law-abiding residents.
Keep up the good work!
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention. Your car and property can be seized and turned over to the District Attorney if it is used in conjunction with drug sales! WOOHOO!!! Hit ’em where they live!