Kathleen G. Kane - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - Protecting Pennsylvanians

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May 29, 2009

Attorney General Corbett announces charges against 12 drug dealers in Lawrence County

 

James Bailey

 

Rashada Booker

 

Isaiah Dent

 

Darnell Latham

 

Jory Malone

 

George Martin, Sr.

 

William Paul McCauley

 

Walter Kevin Moore

 

Dondi Searcy, Sr.

 

Vincent Sims

 

Zaamar Stevenson

 

Oscar Williams

HARRISBURG - Twelve suspected drug dealers have been charged in New Castle as part of an investigation led by the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation (BNI) and the New Castle Police Department Narcotics Unit.

Attorney General Tom Corbett said that during the investigation, this group of suspects was allegedly responsible for distributing $30,000 worth of cocaine and marijuana onto the streets of New Castle.

"Like many Pennsylvania small towns, an influx of drugs and drug related activity can cause serious quality of life issues for residents," Corbett said.  "This investigation targeted the problem head on and we have successfully put a significant dent in the Lawrence County area drug trade."

Evidence and testimony about the alleged criminal activity was presented to a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended the criminal charges.

According to the grand jury, several individuals were identified as sources of cocaine in New Castle.  As the investigation continued, higher level dealers were targeted, including James Bailey, George Martin and Dondi Searcy, Sr.

"This is just another example of how continuing drug investigations are successful in apprehending multiple associates," Corbett said. "Our office is very diligent in following leads and making connections that allow us to identify and arrest more and more individuals involved in the sale of illegal drugs."

According to the grand jury, a search warrant was executed at the home of Vincent Sims.  As a result, an electronic stun gun and six firearms were found, including one with the serial number removed and another that was stolen.  Another search warrant was executed at the home of William McCauley and resulted in a stolen 9mm handgun, an electronic stun gun and a marijuana grow operation with nine plants being found.

Corbett thanked the New Castle Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, the Neshannock Township Police Department, the Beaver Falls Police Department, the Lawrence County Drug Task Force, the Mercer County Drug Task Force, the DEA and the FBI for their assistance in the investigation.

The defendants were preliminarily arraigned before Lawrence County Magisterial District Judge Melissa Amodie and will be prosecuted in Lawrence County by Deputy Attorney General Kristine DeMarco of the Attorney General's Drug Strike Force Section.

Below is a list of the defendants and the charges against them:

  • James Bailey, 35, 804 Sankey St., Apt. C, New Castle, is charged with three counts of delivery of cocaine, three counts of possession with intent to deliver cocaine, three counts of possession of cocaine and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
  • Rashada Booker, 32, 411 Pine Street, New Castle, is charged with one count of delivery of cocaine, one count of possession with intent to deliver cocaine, one count of possession of cocaine and one count of criminal conspiracy. 
  • Isaiah Dent, 35, 109 E. Long Ave., New Castle, is charged with four counts of delivery of a controlled substance, four counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, four counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
  • Darnell Latham, 39, 310 Smithfield St., New Castle, is charged with one count of delivery of cocaine, one count of possession with intent to deliver cocaine, one count of possession of cocaine, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
  • Jory Malone, 27,609 Etna St., New Castle, is charged with one count of delivery of cocaine, one count of possession with intent to deliver cocaine, one count of possession of cocaine and one count of criminal conspiracy.
  • George Martin, Sr., 38, 215 Friendship St., New Castle, is charged with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance, three counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, three counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
  • William Paul McCauley, 35, 109 E. Long Ave., New Castle, is charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession with intent to deliver, manufacture marijuana, one count of possession of electric or electronic incapacitation device, one count of former convict not to own a firearm, one count of receiving stolen property and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Walter Kevin Moore, 34, 213 E. Fairmont Ave., New Castle, is charged with one count of delivery of cocaine, one count of possession with intent to deliver cocaine, one count of possession of cocaine and one count of criminal conspiracy.
  • Dondi Searcy, Sr., 43, 407 Bell Ave., New Castle, is charged with three counts of delivery of cocaine, three counts of possession with intent to deliver cocaine, three counts of possession of cocaine and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
  • Vincent Sims, 37, 821 Carson St., New Castle, is charged with five counts of possession of a controlled substance, four counts of delivery of a controlled substance, four counts of possession with intent to deliver, one count of criminal use of a communication facility, one count of possession of electric or electronic incapacitation device, one count of former convict not to own a firearm, one count of possession of a firearm with manufacturer number altered, one count of receiving stolen property and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Zaamar Stevenson, 32, State Correctional Institution (SCI) - Mercer, is charged with two counts of delivery of cocaine, two counts of possession with intent to deliver cocaine, two counts of possession of cocaine and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
  • Oscar Williams, 22, 2414 E. Garfield St., Apt. 2, New Castle, is charged with two counts of delivery of cocaine, two counts of possession with intent to deliver cocaine, two counts of possession of cocaine and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
 
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