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10 Charged in Alleged Heroin Trafficking Ring

Officials make a major drug bust in Centre County Thursday morning, taking 10 alleged dealers off of the streets.
STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - Officials make a major drug bust in Centre County Thursday morning.

It's part of a near two year investigation by the State Attorney General's Office to uncover a suspected heroin trafficking ring in Centre and Lycoming counties.

Nine people were arrested and charged for dealing heroin as part of the same investigation last March.

10 people were charged Thursday morning by the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics. Two of the suspected dealers from Philadelphia are still on the loose.

Agents say this bust is a big dent in heroin trafficking in Centre County and say this is just the beginning.

"It made a dent, however, these people who are addicted to heroin are motivated because of the addiction to get more heroin," Anthony Sassano, Office of the Attorney General Agent, said.

Sassano's career is dedicated to getting drug dealers off of the streets.

"People in the big cities are coming to smaller communities, such as Centre County, and they're making money on it," he said. "There's a tremendous amount of profit to be made."

He calls heroin the most addictive drug known to man and it's becoming a big problem in Centre County.

"A lot of these people are involved in criminal activity, so in this nice neighborhood, where everybody's pleasant, knows each other, now you have all of these strangers coming in and often times, these people are criminal element," Sassano said. "It just is harmful to whatever neighborhood is effected."

Agents used wiretaps during their investigation to find the suspects. They say the mid-level dealers were getting heroin from sources in Philadelphia and Williamsport using various phrases to identify the drugs, like "down" for heroin, "up" for cocaine and "bun" or "bunny rabbit" for a bundle.

"It's highly addictive as a product and the reason is becoming such a menace right now, is it's purer than it used to be, it's cheaper than it used to be," Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said.

Parks Miller says heroin is highly saturated throughout the state and is becoming increasingly difficult to handle.

"Right now, it's at crisis levels in some ways," she said. "We have to be watching out for the next person moving."

Officials with the Office of the Attorney General say they do expect more arrests to be made from this investigation in the coming days.

They say these arrests are not connected to the recent rash of heroin overdose deaths in the Western part of the state.

All of the suspects have been charged with criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a communication facility. Additional charges against the suspects are listed below.
  • Theophilius “Cowboy”, “Wes” Baldwin, 36, currently in Centre County Correctional Facility. Charged with four counts possession with intent to deliver heroin and oxycodone, three counts delivery of heroin.
  • Mandy Mabry, 38, of Lock Haven, Clinton County. Charged with one count possession with intent to deliver heroin, one count delivery of heroin.
  • Amanda Cain, 29, of Howard, Centre County. Charged with one count possession with intent to deliver heroin.
  • Bryon “Salot” Jacobs, 25, of Philadelphia. Charged with one count possession with intent to deliver heroin. *Not in custody as of Thursday afternoon*
  • Dwayne “Weezy” Mays, 27, currently incarcerated at SCI Laurel Highlands. Charged with one count delivery of heroin, one count possession with intent to deliver heroin.
  • Aaron “White Boy” Harris, 30, of Philadelphia. Charged with two counts delivery of heroin, one count possession with intent to deliver heroin. *Not in custody as of Thursday afternoon*
  • Harvey “T”, “Tick”, “Chip” Edwards, 37, of Williamsport, Lycoming County. Charged with two counts delivery of heroin, one count possession with intent to deliver heroin.
  • Chad Solt, 39, of Centre County. Charged with three counts delivery of Percocet.
  • Chelcie Styers, 20, of Blanchard, Centre County. Charged with three count of delivery of marijuana.
  • Douglas Cowher, 40, of Woodward, Centre County.

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