Dozens arrested from Cambria County in multi-state drug bust

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CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Dozens were arrested Thursday for involvement in a Philadelphia-based drug trafficking ring in Cambria County and other surrounding counties, and one that reached as far as California.

The Department of Justice for the Western District of Pennsylvania announced that 29 residents of Pennsylvania – as well as in Delaware and one in California – were all indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of violating federal narcotics laws, Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

Additional local counties include Indiana, Allegheny, Philadelphia and Montgomery.

The defendants are all charged with conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of a mixture containing heroin, five kilos or more of a mixture containing cocaine, 280 grams of crack cocaine, 400 grams or more of a mixture containing fentanyl, 50 grams of meth and 500 grams or more of a mixture containing meth from April 2019 to July 2021 in the Western part of Pennsylvania.

The indictment, which was unsealed Thursday afternoon, named the following from Pennsylvania:

  • Mikal Davis, 44, Philadelphia
  • Darren Alston, 29, Johnstown
  • Anthony Andrews, 40, Johnstown
  • Debra Bailey, 58, Johnstown
  • Sandra Box, 55, Johnstown
  • Jonathan Brunson, 50, Johnstown
  • Hector Concepcion, 32, Johnstown
  • Willette Cooper, 39, Johnstown
  • James Dotson, 43, Johnstown
  • Joshua Edmonds, 28, Johnstown
  • Azheem Ellis, 45, Johnstown
  • Ruby Gil, 30, Johnstown
  • Shawn Howard, 47, Johnstown
  • Kevin Johnson, 35, Johnstown
  • Rashim Kennedy-Williams, 41, Johnstown
  • Perry King, 45, Johnstown
  • Amber Lingafelt, 38, Johnstown
  • Dwight Logan, 42, Johnstown
  • Jeffery Mann, 43, Philadelphia
  • George Mazey, 50, Johnstown
  • Timothy Mollet, 40, Turtle Creek
  • Mary Lou Nelson, 58, Johnstown
  • James Pearcy, 57, Philadelphia
  • Gina Petrucci, 51, Conshohocken
  • Derrick Polk, 58, Long Beach, CA
  • Paul Smith, 43, Middletown, DE
  • Rodney Smith, 65, Johnstown
  • Joseph Thornton, 31, Johnstown
  • Amanda Weidner, 37, Johnstown
  • Jessica Wilson, 35, Johnstown
  • Blake Young, 32, Johnstown

The indictment also named Derrick Polk, 55, of Long Beach California, and Paul Smith, 55, of Middletown, Delaware.

“Through this indictment, we have dismantled a major drug trafficking organization operating in Johnstown and beyond,” Acting U.S. Attorney Kaufman stated. “Restoring safe and drug-free neighborhoods for the law-abiding citizens in our communities remains our singular goal. Today we took another important step in that effort.”

All defendants are facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. Assistant U.S. Attorney Maureen Sheehan-Balchon is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

“Drug trafficking is a dangerous and violent enterprise,” Attorney General Shapiro said. “These traffickers were in possession of multiple deadly firearms while peddling more than 150,000 doses of fentanyl/heroin and other drugs for profit. Thanks to the collaborative work with our local and federal law enforcement partners, 37 arrest warrants were issued to take down this drug trafficking operation. My office will continue to work with our partners to shut down these organizations wherever they’re found.”

This prosecution is a result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation beginning in 2019. The goal of this organization is to identify, disrupt and dismantle high-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs and transnational criminal organizations throughout the U.S.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Laurel Highlands Resident Agency and Homeland Security Investigations assisted in the investigation.

Other agencies include the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation; the United States Postal Inspection Service; Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General; Pennsylvania State Police; Cambria County District Attorney’s Office; Indiana County District Attorney’s Office; Cambria County Sheriff’s Office; Cambria Township Police Department; Indiana Borough Police Department; Johnstown Police Department; Upper Yoder Township Police Department; Richland Police Department; Ferndale Police Department among others.

Editor’s Note: The initial release of information from the Department of Justice provided incorrect ages for those indicted. This article has since been updated to reflect that correction.

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