Attorney General: “We’re Just Getting Started”

Attorney General: “We’re Just Getting Started”

A nine month investigation led to a massive two county drug sweep Thursday morning.
Photo Courtesy: Johnstown Tribune Democrat
Photo Courtesy: Johnstown Tribune Democrat
Photo Courtesy: Johnstown Tribune Democrat
Photo Courtesy: Johnstown Tribune Democrat
JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY--- A nine month investigation led to a massive two county drug sweep Thursday morning.

"As we all know the drug trafficking knows no boundaries with regards to geographic,” said Lisa Lazzari-Strasiser, Somerset County District Attorney.

Before the sun was up Thursday, officers from multiple agencies including the Attorney General’s Office, U.S. Marshals, State Parole, State Police, Johnstown Police and surrounding municipalities’ police officers worked quickly together as one.  They swept through two counties arresting suspects.

"This was a drug sweep of about 30 individuals wanted for felony drug violations,” said Kelly Callihan, Cambria County District Attorney.  “Most of them were charged with selling and distributing heroin."

Officers and the Cambria SERT team also raided a home on Menoher Boulevard in Johnstown’s Kernville neighborhood.  Three people were arrested inside where heroin was found next to a shot gun.  Police also removed two kids from inside of the home.

"If you're doing your drug dealing business in your house and kids are there being subjected to this you will be charged,” said Callihan.

Thursday’s arrests were apart of a nine month investigation with the AG’s office.

'We get probable cause to hit a house - execute a search warrant that's part of what we do and have been doing for the last 9 months here," said David Ellis, AG’s office.

"It's combing counties, combing police departments that we're working together and sharing information more effectively," said Callihan.

"This is not over yet," said Lazzari-Strasiser.  ‘We will continue to work together.”

Below is a complete list of the defendants and the charges against them.

--Patrick Flynn, 24, 218 W. Hamer St., Ebensburg, Cambria County, is charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
--Chelsie Smith, 24, 2039 Franklin St., Johnstown, Cambria County, is charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
--Shawn Hartman, 41, 2952 William Penn Ave., Johnstown, Cambria County, is charged with one count of possession of heroin and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
--Jonathan Getz, 19, 113 Knepper Lane, Mineral Point, Cambria County, is charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
--Jenna O'Farrell, 22, 1548 Rodgers St., Nanty Glo, Cambria County, is charged with one count of possession of heroin and one count of manufacturing heroin.
--Gerrilynn Graves, 55, 49 G. Oakhurst Homes, Johnstown, Cambria County, is charged with one count of manufacturing heroin, one count of possession of heroin and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia
--Zachary Updyke, 21, 1270 Centennial Drive, Windber, Somerset County, is charged with two counts of possession of heroin, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of turning movements and required signals.
--Lori McIntosh, 45, 118 S. White Drive, Johnstown, Cambria County, is charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
--Arthur Stiffler, 20, 826 Von Lunen Road, Johnstown, Cambria County, is charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
--Shawna Delozier, 27, 569 Cambria Place, Revloc, Cambria County, is charged with two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of possession of heroin
--Lacey Beltz, 27, 20 McCreary St., Johnstown, Cambria County, is charged with four counts of manufacturing heroin/roxycodone, two counts of possession of heroin/roxycodone, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of violating vehicle equipment standards.
--Zachariah White, 22, no current address, is charged with one count of manufacturing heroin and one count of possession of heroin.
--Rachel Galbreath, 20, 172 Florida Ave., Johnstown, Cambria County, is charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
--Amanda Geiser, 25, no current address, is charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
--Jessie McIntosh, 19, 128 S. White Drive, Johnstown, Cambria County, is charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
--Darron Gibson, 22, 349 1/2 Ave., Johnstown, Cambria County, is charged with one count of possession with the intent to deliver crack cocaine and one count of possession of crack cocaine.
--Clifford Gilbert, 45, 620 Thomas Ave., Johnstown, Cambria County, is charged with one count of possession with the intent to deliver marijuana and one count of possession of marijuana.
--Kevin Liptak, 52, 233 Grazier St., Johnstown, Cambria County, is charged with one count of possession with the intent to deliver roxycodone and one count of possession of roxycodone.
--Catherine Vara, 35, 111 Claruth Drive, Windber, Somerset County, is charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
--Michael Derricott, 18, 601 Parker Road, Johnstown, Cambria County, is charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
--Chasity Dupont, 19, 5151 Front St., Jenners, Somerset County, is charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
--Nicholas Michaels, 19, 854 Main St., P.O. Box 174 Wilmore, Cambria County, is charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
--Kayla Mock, 18, 31 Cheyanne St., Summerhill, Cambria County, is charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
--Troy Galloway, 50, 197 Park Ave., Davidsville, Somerset County, is charged with one count of possession of heroin, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of driving under the influence.
--Mark Hiles, 49, 172 Fairfield Ave., Apt. B, Johnstown, Cambria County, is charged with one count of possession of marijuana and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
--Katelyn Hill, 21, 355 Sam St., Johnstown, Cambria County, is charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
--Susan Stevens, 46, 908 Wilson St., Galitzin, Cambria County, is charged with one count of possession of heroin and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
--Larry Ressler, 53, 130 Greywood St., Johnstown, Cambria County, is charged with one count of possession of crack cocaine, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked,
--Michael Buxton, 26, 133 Front St., Hooversville, Somerset County, is charged with one count of possession of heroin and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
--Tyler Hawks, 18, 702 Bay St., Johnstown, Cambria County, is charged with one count of possession of risperidone and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.



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