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

October 5, 2010


Attorney General Corbett announces arrest of up to 24 suspected dealers in first phase of Pittsburgh area heroin trafficking investigation


Kevin Allison 

 
Bruce Lucas

 
Diallo Bryant

 
Eric Lucas

 
Raymar Dawson

 
Phillip Lyle

 
Dawn Evans

 
Ryan McWilliams

 
Aaron Farrow

 
Vincent Moakley

 
 John Fedorka

 
Louise Phillips

 
Alan Gilchrist

 
Brian Skonieczny

 
Derek Ioli

 
Heather Thunberg

 
Prince Jones

 
Ian Welling

 
Dann Kendrick

 
James Wilson

 
Stacy Kowalyk

 
Dorian Dawson

 
Anthony Lang

 
Joseph Stillwagon
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced that agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, along with local police officers from Allegheny and Beaver counties, are in the process of arresting 24 suspected drug dealers allegedly linked to heroin trafficking in the Pittsburgh area.

Corbett said the continuing investigation used undercover drug buys, controlled purchases and search warrants to identify numerous street- and mid-level dealers who were allegedly obtaining large amounts of heroin in the Northside section of Pittsburgh.  The drugs, believed to be supplied by various street-gangs in Pittsburgh, were then repackaged into smaller quantities for resale in communities across Beaver and Butler counties.

"This is an ongoing effort to attack drug distribution networks throughout the greater Pittsburgh area," Corbett said, "along with the gang-related activity, street-crime and violence that often goes hand-in-hand with large scale drug trafficking."

Corbett noted that this is the first case to be developed through a new cooperative effort between the Attorney General's Office and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, which has assigned a Task Force Officer from the Zone 1 District to work directly with the Attorney General's Office in drug related investigations.

Corbett said the investigation began with various drug purchases in Beaver and Butler counties, which then led agents and local police into Allegheny County - specifically the Northside section of Pittsburgh.  Those charged today were all allegedly involved in the sale or distribution of heroin from Pittsburgh into surrounding counties.

Corbett noted that this is an ongoing investigation and additional arrests are anticipated. During the course of the investigation to-date, agents seized 2,500 stamp bags of heroin along with approximately one and a half ounces of crack cocaine, and four handguns.  

The suspects arrested today will be prosecuted by the Allegheny and Beaver County District Attorney's Offices.

Corbett thanked the District Attorneys from Allegheny, Beaver and Butler counties, along with the following police departments who assisted the investigation: the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Coraopolis Police Department and Ohio Township Police Departments, from Allegheny County; the Aliquippa, Ambridge, Harmony Township, Hopewell Township and Monaca police departments, from Beaver County; and the Butler County Drug Task Force and Cranberry Township Police Department in Butler County.

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

Kevin Allison, 20, 4923 Broad St., Pittsburgh, is charged with two counts each of unlawful drug delivery, possession with intent to deliver and drug possession.

Diallo Bryant, 39, 618 Sixth Ave., Coraopolis, is charged with one count each of unlawful drug delivery, possession with intent to deliver, drug possession and criminal use of a communication facility.
Dorian Dawson, 21, 210 Saint Joseph St., Pittsburgh, is charged with one count each of unlawful drug delivery, possession with intent to deliver and drug possession.

Raymar Dawson
, 29, 1322 Geyer Ave., Pittsburgh, is charged with two counts each of unlawful drug delivery, possession with intent to deliver, drug possession and criminal use of a communication facility.

Dawn Evans, 34, 412 16th St., Beaver Falls, is charged with one count each of unlawful drug delivery, possession with intent to deliver and drug possession.

Aaron Farrow, 24, 3223 Ward St., Pittsburgh, is charged with five counts each of unlawful drug delivery, possession with intent to deliver and drug possession.

John Fedorka, 27, 805 21st St., Ambridge, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver and drug possession.

Alan Gilchrist, 23, 315 Grand Ave. (Rear), Aliquippa, is charged with one count each of unlawful drug delivery, possession with intent to deliver and drug possession.

Derek Ioli, 26, 5279 Webb St., Aliquippa, is charged with one count each of unlawful drug delivery, possession with intent to deliver, drug possession and criminal conspiracy.

Prince Jones, 23, 1006 Cedar Ave, Pittsburgh, is charged with one count each of unlawful drug delivery, possession with intent to deliver, drug possession and criminal conspiracy.

Dann Kendrick, 35, 915 Eldora Place, Pittsburgh, is charged with three counts each of unlawfully drug delivery, possession with intent to deliver, drug possession, and criminal use of a communication facility, along with one count of criminal conspiracy.

Stacy Kowalyk, 28, 913 Elm St., Aliquippa, is charged with two counts each of drug delivery, possession with intent to deliver, drug possession and criminal conspiracy.

Anthony Lang, 19, 120 Schmidt Drive, Aliquippa, is charged with three counts each of unlawful drug delivery, possession with intent to deliver and drug possession, along with one count of criminal conspiracy.

Bruce Lucas, 47, 1350 Herman St., Pittsburgh, is charged with one count each of unlawful drug delivery, possession with intent to deliver, drug possession and criminal conspiracy.

Eric Lucas, 27, 1350 Herman St., Pittsburgh, is charged with one count each of unlawful drug delivery, possession with intent to deliver, drug possession and criminal conspiracy.

Phillip Lyle, 35, 2316 Perrysville Ave., Pittsburgh, is charged with two counts each of unlawful drug delivery, possession with intent to deliver, drug possession and criminal use of a communication facility.

Ryan McWilliams, 25, 225 West Madison St., Rochester, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver, drug possession, criminal use of a communication facility and providing false identification to law enforcement.

Vincent Moakley, 27, 460 Jackson St., Rochester, is charged with one count each of unlawful drug delivery, possession with intent to deliver and drug possession.

Louise Phillips, 37, 814 Washington Ave, Monaca, is charged with five counts each of unlawful drug delivery, possession with intent to deliver and drug possession.

Brian Skonieczny, 28, 835 14th St., Ambridge, is charged with one count each of unlawful drug delivery, possession with intent to deliver, drug possession and criminal conspiracy.

Joseph Stillwagon Jr., 20, 290 Service Creek Road, Aliquippa, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver, drug possession and criminal conspiracy.

Heather Thunberg, 27, 1013 Eighth Street, Ambridge, is charged with one count of drug possession.

Ian Welling, 25, 299 Jefferson St., Rochester, is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver and drug possession.

James Wilson, 22, 531 Elizabeth St., Aliquippa, is charged with one count each of unlawful drug delivery, possession with intent to deliver and drug possession.


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

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