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

    _ Click for the Spanish Translation
August 19, 2010

Tri-county cocaine trafficking ring in Western PA broken-up by state narcotics agents


David Rodriguez

 
Ronald Litzinger

 
Jason Gordon

 
Samantha Ray

 
Eric Letcher

 
Robin Letcher

 
Patrick Signer

 
Donald Huegel

 
Heidi Winterberger

 
Gary Weber

 
David Luke Rakoci

 
Jason Draper

HARRISBURG - A tri-county cocaine trafficking ring responsible for bringing multiple kilos of drugs into Western Pennsylvania over the past year was broken-up today by state narcotics agents, who filed criminal charges against 12 Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ohio residents accused of participating in the organization.

Attorney General Tom Corbett said the investigation focused on Jason Gordon of Hermitage, Mercer County. Gordon allegedly made regular trips to New Jersey to obtain an estimated $500,000 worth of cocaine for resale over the past year throughout Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties.

Evidence and testimony regarding the case was presented to a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended the criminal charges being filed today.

According to the grand jury, David Rodriguez of Paterson, New Jersey was identified as Gordon's primary source for cocaine. Rodriguez, Gordon's brother-in-law, allegedly frequently solicited firearms from Gordon in lieu of cash for cocaine.

The grand jury found that Gordon made multiple trips a month to New Jersey in order to meet with Rodriguez to obtain various quantities of cocaine.

Corbett said that Gordon allegedly stayed in New Jersey for a few hours each trip and then immediately travelled back to Mercer county and distributed the cocaine to his direct customers; Eric Dean Letcher, Jr., Patrick Singer, and David Rakoci.

The grand jury found that Gordon's customers resold the cocaine on the streets of Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties to other local level users and dealers.

According to the grand jury, throughout the investigation agents made a series of controlled cocaine purchases for more than $36,000 from several of Gordon's customer's including; Eric Dean Letcher, Ronald Litzinger, and Jason Draper.

Over the course of the investigation agents purchased or seized over one kilo of cocaine and several thousand dollars in cash.

The defendants will be prosecuted in Butler County by Deputy Attorney General Kristine M. Ricketts of the Attorney General's Drug Strike Force.

Corbett thanked the Butler County District Attorney's Office, the Mercer County District Attorney's Office, the Butler County Drug Task Force, the Butler City Police Department, the Butler Township Police Department, the Penn Township Police Department, the Slippery Rock Borough Police Department, the Butler County Sheriff's Office, the Mercer County Drug Task Force, the Sharon Police Department, the Hermitage Police Department, the Hempfield Township Police Department, Masury Police Department and DEA in Youngstown, OH for their assistance with the investigation.

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

--David Rodriguez, 36, 300 Sussex Ave., Paterson, New Jersey, is charged with two counts of delivery of cocaine, two counts of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, two counts of possession of cocaine, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal conspiracy, and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

--Jason Gordon, 37, 5705 Cassady Road, Hermitage, Mercer County, is charged wit six counts of delivery of cocaine, six counts of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, six counts of possession of cocaine, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal conspiracy, one count of criminal use of a communication facility and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

--Eric Dean Letcher, Jr., 28, 8249 Warren-Sharon Road, Masury, OH, is charged with 18 counts of delivery of cocaine, 18 counts of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, 18 counts of possession of cocaine, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal conspiracy, one count of criminal use of a communication facility and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

--Patrick Signer, 43, 429 Landau Drive, Pulaski, Lawrence County, is charged with one count of delivery of cocaine and Oxycodone, one count of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine and Oxycodone, one count of possession of cocaine and Oxycodone, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

--Heidi Winterberger, 23, 569 E. Crestview Drive, Transfer, Mercer County, is charged with one count of delivery of cocaine and Oxycodone, one count of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine and Oxycodone, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

--David Luke Rakoci, 32, 347 N. Oakland Ave., Sharon, Mercer County, is charged with four counts of corrupt organizations, two counts of delivery of cocaine, two counts of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, two counts of possession of cocaine, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

--Ronald Litzinger, 29, 813 W. New Castle St., Butler, Butler County, is charged with five counts of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, five counts of possession of cocaine, three counts of delivery of cocaine, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal conspiracy, one count of criminal use of a communication facility and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

--Samantha Ray, 24, 8249 Warren-Sharon Road, Masury, OH, is charged with five counts of delivery of cocaine, five counts of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, five counts of possession of cocaine, two counts of corrupt organizations and one count of criminal conspiracy.

--Robin Donald Letcher, 30, 497 Baldwin Ave., Sharon, Mercer County, is charged with four counts of delivery of cocaine, four counts of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, four counts of possession of cocaine, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

--Donald Huegel, 47, 155 David Drive, Butler, Butler County, is charged with three counts of delivery of cocaine, three counts of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, three coutns of possession of cocaine, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

--Gary Weber, 50, 132 Rolling Valley Drive, Butler, Butler County, is charged with two counts of possession of cocaine.

--Jason Draper, 37, 134 Westwood Manor, Butler, Butler County, is charged with one count of delivery of cocaine, one count of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, one count of possession of cocaine and one count of criminal conspiracy.


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

# # #